Political issues


065

How would you evaluate in general the political situation in Russia?

, Levada Center, Nationwide Survey, January, 2007

065

059

Do you think that Russia is developing in a right direction or that events lead us in a wrong direction, to a deadend? 1) Itís going in a right direction; 2) Events lead us to a deadend; 3) Donít know.

, Levada Center, Nationwide Survey, February, 2007

059

613

Q. Do you think Russia needs democracy?

political system; democracy; dictatorship; suitability; political culture

613

615

Q. What kind of democracy does Russia need?

democracy; dictatorship; political culture; regime; national traditions; Communism; Soviet Union; sovereign democracy

615

527

What type of state would you want to see in Russia in future?

democracy; market economy; socialism; USSR; unique system; sovereign democracy

527

 


528

When you hear about a \"special Russian path\" what comes to your mind?

special path; sovereign democracy; Putinism; economic development; West; spirituality; morality; foreign affairs; threat; interests; power; Russian greatness; self-sacrifice

528

 


057

On what path do you think events in Russia are developing after the election of Vladimir Putin as president?

democracy, dictatorship, Soviet Union, anarchy, chaos, authoritarianism

057

532

What do you think is most important to be able to speak about democracy in the country?

democracy; definition; concept; standard of living; order; equality; political rights; freedom; social fairness; accountability; interests; social protection; separation of powers; pluralism; ethnic minorities

532

655

Q. Five most influential men in Russia

influence, power, Putin, Medvedev, Zhirinovsky, Shoigu, Zyuganov

655

 


656

Q. Five richest men in Russia

wealth, power, Putin, Luzhkov, Baturina, Abramovich, Chubais

656

 


262

Q. In your opinion - what political system is most favourable for Russia: Soviet, the current one or Western democracy?

political system, Soviet, democracy, Russia

262

 


Table 1. Russians feel freer than under the old regime

Q. Compared to our system of government before perestroyka, would you say that our current system is better, much the same, or not so good as the old system in regard to whether:


 

1993

94

96a

96b

98

2000a

00b

01

03a

04

05

07a

09

Everybody has freedom of choice in religious matters(percent)

Better

71

83

80

80

79

83

84

88

82

84

83

86

80

Much the same

29

15

17

16

16

14

14

11

16

14

14

12

17

Worse

6

2

3

4

5

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

3

Everybody has a right to say what they think 

Better

65

73

74

76

73

79

81

78

78

81

76

79

76

Much the same

27

18

21

20

21

15

13

16

18

16

19

16

19

Worse

8

8

6

4

6

5

6

6

4

3

5

5

5

One can join any organization one likes 

Better

63

77

82

79

75

77

76

81

81

83

78

81

78

Much the same

28

18

14

15

18

16

17

15

17

12

17

16

19

Worse

9

5

3

5

7

6

6

4

2

5

5

3

5

Everyone can decide individually whether or not to take an interest in politics 

Better

57

62

69

63

66

70

73

81

79

76

72

79

73

Much the same

39

33

27

32

27

23

23

16

18

20

21

16

22

Worse

4

5

4

4

7

6

4

3

3

3

7

5

5

Source: New Russia Barometer II to XVIII.

 

Table 2. Trends in the evaluation of regimes 

Q. Here is a scale evaluating how well our political system works. The top, plus 100, is the best and the bottom, minus 100, is the worst. Where on this scale would you put:

1992

93

94

95

96a

96b

98

00a

00b

01

03a

03b

04

05

07a

07b

08

09

Q. The political system before perestroyka?(percent) 

Positive

50

62

51

67

59

60

72

73

70

72

70

70

65

71

68

59

56

71

Neutral

13

12

13

15

19

10

9

10

7

11

8

9

8

12

8

9

10

7

Negative

37

26

36

18

22

30

18

16

22

17

21

22

27

17

24

32

34

23

Mean

7

18

4

28

22

17

32

36

31

34

29

29

24

32

26

13

13

28

St dev

54

57

58

51

55

58

53

52

55

50

53

54

53

49

52

54

52

49

Q. Our present system of governing?  

Positive

14

36

35

26

28

38

36

39

37

47

57

64

65

46

69

77

84

74

Neutral

12

14

16

20

26

16

16

15

14

16

11

10

10

16

8

8

6

8

Negative

74

49

48

54

46

47

48

45

48

37

32

25

25

36

23

16

10

19

Mean

-41

-16

-13

-24

-19

-12

-16

-11

-13

-2

4

14

12

0

19

27

33

23

St dev

44

51

51

49

48

48

50

55

51

50

48

47

42

45

46

37

32

40

Q. The system of governing we will have in five years? 

Positive

50

52

49

40

43

57

49

64

72

62

65

72

88

57

75

86

88

84

Neutral

13

24

33

28

37

17

22

19

13

17

14

14

4

19

8

6

6

7

Negative

37

24

17

31

20

25

29

17

15

21

21

14

8

24

17

7

6

9

Mean

2

10

15

0

8

14

7

25

26

20

21

33

43

12

33

45

51

43

St dev

52

53

48

49

45

54

51

50

44

50

51

47

37

48

48

40

36

39

Source: New Russia Barometers II to XVIII  


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