Russians satisfied with life, but are preparing for worst

Yekaterinburg, May 21, 2015. Source: Donat Sorokin/TASS

Yekaterinburg, May 21, 2015. Source: Donat Sorokin/TASS

New survey shows that 81 percent of citizens see situation in country as positive.

According to the All-Russian Center for Studying Social Opinion (VTsIOM), 81 percent of Russians believe the situation in the country is positive and 88 percent are content with their personal life. However, 40 percent think that the most difficult times for Russia are still ahead.

An impressive 65 percent of the people surveyed said that "everything is normal" in the country, 15 percent thought that "everything is fine," and for one percent "everything is great."

Russians between the ages of 35 and 44 view the situation in the most positive light (with 60 percent speaking of a favorable environment). According to 12 percent of those polled, "everything is bad" in the country and three percent say that "everything is terrible." The most pessimistic were Russians between the ages of 45 and 59: 45 percent of that group has a negative opinion of the current situation.

Amng Russians surveyed, 55 percent believe that "there is no stability in the country," as can be seen in a July survey carried out by the Foundation of Public Opinion, while 68 percent would like the government to guarantee stability in the country and do not want any "drastic changes."

Meanwhile, 40 percent believe that the most difficult times for Russia are still ahead, 27 percent believe that they have already passed and 25 percent think that the country is experiencing them at the moment.

As far as Russians' perceptions of their personal lives are concerned, 88 percent said in July that they view their lives positively. Only nine percent said that everything is bad.

A total of 1,600 Russians were interviewed for the survey in 130 different locations around the country.

First published in Russian in Kommersant.

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