Two-thirds of Russians assess corruption level in Russia as high - poll

The majority of Russians (66 percent) believe the level of corruption in Russia is high, and that is a 14 percent point decrease from 2012, Public Opinion Foundation has reported.

The majority of Russians (66 percent) believe the level of corruption in Russia is high, and that is a 14 percent point decrease from 2012, Public Opinion Foundation has reported.

The poll, which surveys 1,500 respondents, was conducted in 100 populated areas in 43 regions of Russia on December 28.

One out of every five respondents (22 percent) assesses the level of corruption as medium and only 2 percent assess it as low.

At the same time, the poll showed that fewer Russians are talking about increasing corruption now (22 percent against 43 percent in 2012) and the number of respondents who believe its level is unchanged has increased (50 percent against 35 percent). In addition, 12 percent of respondents said they believe the level of corruption has declined in Russia.

Fifty-one percent of respondents said almost every person will take bribes if they are offered. Forty percent of the respondents disagree with this statement.

Sixty-one percent of respondents (as against 67 percent in 2012) condemn those who take bribes, while 29 percent are OK with that.

Forty-two percent of respondents criticize those who take bribes, while 45 percent said they do not condemn such people.

Twenty-three percent of respondents admitted having given bribes to officials, while 72 percent of the respondents said they have never done this.

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