The Russians speak about hot issues for the nation
The poll was taken on
16 February 2005.
Monitoring tried to find out what problems worry Russians and what spheres Russian authorities
should keep in focus of their attention. 1500 respondents from more
than 100 cities and towns took part in this survey.
The main question of the survey was:
In your opinion, what problems should be solved in the first
The results were the following (multiple answers possible, hence
total is not 100%):
So according to the survey results, top ten of the most acute
problems are as follows:
Russian economic development issue is top
priority for 45% of respondents.
Inflation and price increase
worries 29% of respondents.
National welfare gain – 28%.
One of the
most urgent problems according to 21% of respondents is
The same number of respondents thinks that it is necessary to pay
attention to housing and municipal utilities problem.
About 14% are
concerned about corruption.
The problem of public health is topical
for 13% of respondents.
Decrease of oligarch influence on
administration is an important issue for 11% of respondents
same goes for the problem of salary/pension delays.
And only 10%
think the Chechen situation to be an acute issue.
Only 3-4% of respondents
look upon necessity of creating conditions for private
business development and development of democracy as issues which
need special attention of administration.
Price increase and inflation worry respondents from big cities less
than other issues. Only 19% of respondents from cities named these
problems. And problem of national welfare are of
concern to respondents
from towns with 100-500 thousand population least of all – 16%.
Housing and municipal utilities cause the least concern for
respondents who live in rural area – 17%, and it is quite
understandable – due to own houses it is only the owner of this
house who should be blamed for absence of conveniences and leaking
Administration corruption worries respondents of big cities most of
all – 18%. And influence of oligarchs on business is an issue of
concern of respondents mainly from middle-size towns (100-500 thousand
population) – 14%. Salary/pension delay worries respondents of
rural area and those from middle-size towns – 13% in each category.
Comparisons by gender and age show that respondents aged 18-24 and
pensioners have polar opinions to almost all issues. For example,
price increase and inflation worries 25% young people and 32%
pensioners. About 30% students worry about unemployment, and among
pensioners only 15% express concern about it.
And issue of public health gives quite contrary picture: only 6% of
younger respondents think it acute, while 19% of seniors name it as
the most important problem. The share of young respondents who are
worried about oligarch influence on administration is about 15%, and
only 8% of respondents of 60 years old and above express concern
about this issue.