Living standards worsen for 50% of Russians, public opinion fund says

24 December 2015 (10:13)

UrBC, Moscow, December 24, 2015. Over 50% of Russians felt their financial situation deteriorated this year, Finmarket refers to the Public Opinion Fund’s research findings as indicating.

About 34% of respondents expect things to get worse in the upcoming year. They feel this could be due to probable price increases and inflation (19%) or insufficient salaries, wages, and pensions with no inflation rate adjustments (18%).

Another 31% of those surveyed said they expected their income to remain the same as this year, and every one in five hopes things will get better. 13% of respondents said they were not sure.

According to 53% of respondents, Sverdlovsk Region residents grew poorer on the whole. Every one in ten respondents, however, thinks they are now richer, and 28% do not see any difference in the locals’ financial situation.

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