Over 50% of Russians see poverty and price growth as main threats

15 February 2016 (09:23)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, February 15, 2016. 53% of respondents in a recent survey feel poverty and growing prices are Russia’s main threats at the moment, Interfax refers to Levada Center’s findings as indicating.

49% and 35% of those surveyed said the economic crisis and unemployment, respectively, were other serious threats. 27% of respondents are worried Russia might get involved in military conflicts outside the country, 16% are afraid of future uncertainty, and 15% are concerned with the growing tension between Russia and the West.

82% of respondents agree that Russia is going through an economic crisis; every one in five people believe it’s going to be a long one, with many years’ aftermath.

75% of those surveyed pointed to a dramatic price increase, considerable deterioration of living standards, and worsening economic situation; 16% disagreed with those statements. Respondents in the first group feel this was brought about by dropping oil prices(47%), government corruption (33%), specific features of Russian economy (29%), Western sanctions (27%) and increased defense, security, and bureaucracy spending at the expense of social welfare (26%).

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