Poll: Economy, inflation remain major concerns of Russians

The economy tops the list of major problems in Russia; it is highlighted by 17 percent of citizens compared to 23 percent in January, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) has said.

The economy tops the list of major problems in Russia; it is highlighted by 17 percent of citizens compared to 23 percent in January, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) has said.

Fourteen percent of 1,600 respondents polled in 130 populated localities in 46 regions on May 23-24 are worried about inflation rates, vs. 22 percent in January.

Other essential problems mentioned by the respondents include foreign policy issues (12 percent), low salaries and living standards (12 percent), unemployment (11 percent), agriculture and industry problems (8 percent), the social policy (7 percent) and healthcare (6 percent).

Five percent are worried about corruption, bureaucracy and low quality education, 4 percent are concerned about small pensions, the pension reform, and high public utility charges, 3 percent are upset by housing issues and inferior roads, and 2 percent worry about army reforms and youth issues.

The hostilities in Ukraine are a source of worries of 3 percent of the respondents, vs. 6 percent in January, and the ruble\'s collapse disturbs 1 percent of Russians compared to 5 percent in January.

The Russians also mentioned low levels of culture, morals and patriotism, mother and child problems, the absence of stability and confidence in the future, democracy and human rights issues, unaffordable education, small business problems, drug abuse, the migration policy, indifference of the authorities to problems of average people, high tax rates, environmental problems and alcoholism. The same as in January, these issues worry 1 percent of the respondents.

 

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