Wednesday, April 18, 2012
CRACKDOWNS: SOCIOLOGISTS: SOCIETY WILL NO LONGER ACCEPT AUTHORITARIANISM IN THE NAME OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
According to the survey: "General public remains convinced that Russia needs a strong ruler on the one hand and that putting too much power in one individual is wrong on the other."
The following percentages supported what Vedemosti called authoritarian views:
- 30% of men
- 39% of women
- 29% of the "well-to-do"
- 42% of the poor
- 24% of the young
- 41% of elderly Russians
- < 30% of college-graduates
- nearly 40% of people who are uneducated
53% of respondents were satisfied with having Putin as Russia's senior government official.
Some other measures include that:
- 62% respondents are "satisfied"
- two-thirds expect Putin to promote policies he has discussed, with more than 50% expecting him to be backed up by the same circle of advisors
Expectations for Putin
According to the article, the survey shows the following percentages of respondents expecting Putin to focus on the issues listed (for each issue, the percentages listed are those expecting Putin to focus on that issue.):
- 59% economic revival
- 46% corruption
- 44% restoration of social fairness and betterment of living standards for average people
- 42% restoration of order
- 13% moral and spiritual revival
- 12% promotion of democracy, human rights and civil freedoms
In the survey, 26% expected protests to wind down.
23% expect a gradual improvement of Russia's situation due to those in power.