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Russians doubt of Democracy in Russia

Bashkirova and partners has carried out the study to find out how much Russians are satisfied with the democracy institutions activity in this country.

The number of Russians happy with how democracy is developing in Russia has got reduced since the beginning 2013 by 3 p.p.* (from 38 down to 35%). Furthermore the number of those who answered “Very happy” has got twice less (from 6% toо 3%). The visible changes evidence of that despite the overall stability, we can see frustration growing related to political institution inadequacy. 53% of the interviewed are unhappy with the way these are functioning and the alike moods slowly but surely are gaining new supporters. The dissatisfaction growth could be associated both with the laws content and with the fashion in which these laws are enacted (where adequate public discussion is fully excluded and where the laws are still found controversial by public, for e.g. the reforms on the Russian Academy of Science, the “anti-pirate Law” and others).


The group of the unhappy with the democracy institution development on the local level has reduced from 57% in 2013 down to 54% in 2014. It’s remarkable that while the number of those who answered “Rather unhappy” has reduced by 3%, the population of “very unhappy” has increased by 2%. Once again while we see a 4% growth in “Rather happy” responses, the number of “very happy” went down by 5%. This could tell us about growing doubt level in those who thinks of the democratic institutions functioning as quite satisfactory.


According to Russians the worst functioning of the democratic institutions is found in the Far Eastern Federal District. The two thirds of respondents in this region (75%) expressed their discontent with the political democracy institutions activity. We find also 59% of “unhappy” people in the Privolzhsky Federal District. The same opinion is shared by more than a half of the interviewed in the Siberian, Ural and Central federal districts. The unhappiness with the democracy institutions in the Central Federal districts can be bound to persistency caused by protests of 2012 and some people’s discontent with the output of the autumn elections. The grievance (on the background of lack of political activeness) in the Eastern areas might be explained by the response to the worsening general economic climate in this country.


The study was conducted in January 2013 and 2014 based on all-Russia representative random route sample in adults (18+) using face-to-face interview method in place of residence. Altogether 1000 respondents in 8 federal districts, 100 settlements, in 200 sampling points have been interviewed. The sample error makes up 3,1%.


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