Most Russians are negative about outcome of Yeltsin's presidency - poll

The years of Boris Yeltsin's presidency had more negative consequences for the country (59 percent) than positive (15 percent), respondents surveyed by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research center (VTsIOM) said.

The years of Boris Yeltsin's presidency had more negative consequences for the country (59 percent) than positive (15 percent), respondents surveyed by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research center (VTsIOM) said.

The poll, which surveys 1,600 respondents living in 132 populated areas in 46 regions of Russia, was conducted on December 20-21.

Yeltsin, the first president of Russia, resigned as president of Russia 15 years ago.

The older the respondents, the more they are inclined to be negative about the first president of Russia (70 percent of the respondents of a pension age and 42 percent of the respondents aged 18-24 said so).

Most Russians (73 percent) are positive about Yeltsin's resignation and 85 percent are positive of his appointment of Vladimir Putin as his successor. At the same time, 69 percent of the respondents (against 81 percent in 2006) are inclined to condemn the decision to begin military action in Chechnya in December 1994.

Sixty-five percent of the respondents see Yeltsin's presidency as legal, while 27 percent believe he was not a legitimate president.

The poll showed that only one-third of the respondents (33 percent) think that Yeltsin acted in the interests of most citizens, 8 percent believe he acted in the interests of the entire society, and 25 percent believe he acted in the interest of part of society. Thirty-seven percent of the respondents said he acted in the interests of specific social groups. Twenty percent of the respondents said they believe Yeltsin defended the interests of a narrow group of people, and 10 percent were undecided.

Sixty percent of the respondents said they believe Yeltsin failed to accomplish most of his plans during his presidency. Of these respondents, 39 percent believe he has achieved little. 24 percent believe he has realized many of his plans, and 7 percent believe he has accomplished all his plans.

Most respondents (63 percent) tend to dislike Yeltsin as a person. Twenty-five percent said they like him and 13 percent were undecided.

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