Seventy-six percent of Russian citizens recently interviewed by the Levada Center believe that a situation in which a dictatorship could be established in the country is highly unlikely or impossible, 18 percent took the opposite view, and 7 percent of respondents were unable to answer this question, the center's sociologists told Interfax.
The survey was conducted in 46 Russian regions on November 21-24 and involved 1,600 people.
Seventy-two percent of respondents said they do not expect any confrontation along ethnic lines, and 68 percent of those polled do not believe that the opposition will be subject to persecution in Russia.
However, 25 percent of respondents (34 percent in 2012) do not rule out "the persecution of the opposition may intensify" soon, and 7 percent of those polled were undecided.
Seventeen percent of respondents (42 percent in 2012) believe that ethnic clashes could take place in Russia soon, and 7 percent of those polled were unable to answer the question.
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