Russians rely on themselves more than on goverment support - poll

The degree of state participation in the Russian economy is not sufficient, 58 percent respondents in a Levada Center poll said.

The degree of state participation in the Russian economy is not sufficient, 58 percent respondents in a Levada Center poll said.

Twenty-seven percent believe it is sufficient and 5 percent deem it excessive, the sociologists told Interfax, presenting the outcomes of their poll of 1,600 respondents in 134 populated localities in late November.

Seventy-one percent of respondents said they were relying on their own resources and capacities rather than on social protection and support from the government (which is favored by 25 percent).

Half of respondents believe that the government is obliged to ensure normal living standards for all citizens. A quarter of respondents (26 percent) argue that the government must protect only disadvantaged categories, such as the unemployed.

Eighteen percent think the government should support those who are unable to take care of themselves - people with disabilities, orphans and pensioners.

Four percent said that people should take care of themselves and provide for their own needs without any interference from the government.

The poll showed that Russians preferred to be salary workers (51 percent) rather than launch their own business (35 percent). Fourteen percent of respondents were undecided.

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