Fifty-eight percent of the people surveyed by the Levada Center believe that the embargo imposed on food from Europe and the U.S. is effective and is now yielding positive political results, and Russia is now more respected in the world and its interests are taken into account more.
The poll, which surveyed 1,600 people living in 134 populated areas in 46 regions of Russia, was conducted on August 21-24.
In the meantime, 24 percent of the respondents believe that the import substitution of foods from some Western countries is "pointless, absurd and harmful and the people of Russia are the first to get hurt by it."
Sixty-seven percent of the respondents said they are generally positive about the Russian embargo on foods and agricultural products from the EU and the U.S., while 21 percent are negative about it.
Seventy-one percent of the respondents said the increase of food prices is one of the most negative and sensitive consequences of this step taken by Russia. Another 14 percent mentioned the declining quality of food and 12 percent spoke about the reduction of the product range. In the meantime, 16 percent did not see any negative consequences from the food embargo.
Forty-three percent of the respondents believe that the counter-sanctions imposed by Russia have not created virtually any food problems for them, whereas 39 percent believe there are problems but they are not very serious, and 14 percent said they feel a considerable influence of this ban on their life.
Thirty-eight percent of the respondents said they are positive about the idea of lifting the ban on the supply of food from the EU. Forty-three percent are negative about this idea and 20 percent are undecided.
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