Russia's protest potential: Almost one third of citizens consider holding rallies possible - Levada Center | QHA media
02 December 2019, 15:24

Russia's protest potential: Almost one third of citizens consider holding rallies possible - Levada Center

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According to a study by the Russian Levada Center, about a third of Russia’s population – 29% – consider holding protests in the form of rallies or strikes with political demands possible.

About 19% of respondents declared their readiness to personally participate in them.

Another 30% admit the possibility of protests with demands of a socio-economic nature, in particular, against a decline in living standards. A quarter of respondents are ready to personally participate in such actions.

According to sociologists, the majority of Russians consider political and economic protests unlikely – 66% and 63% of respondents, respectively.

75% of Russians exclude their participation in political actions, 69% of respondents in actions with economic requirements.

In March, according to a Levada Center poll, one in five Russians (20%) was ready to participate in protests with political demands. Three quarters of citizens said they would not support political rallies.

In June, 24% of Russians admitted the possibility of holding rallies with political demands, while 22% of respondents expressed their readiness to take part in them.

At the same time, 69% of Russians said they did not intend to participate in actions against the decline in living standards.

The survey was conducted on November 21-27, 2019 on a representative all-Russian sample of urban and rural population of 1,610 people aged 18 years and over in 137 settlements, 50 constituent entities of the Russian Federation. The study was conducted at the respondent’s home using a personal interview method. Distribution of answers is given as a percentage of the total number of respondents along with data from previous surveys.

Earlier, QHA media reported that, according to a Levada Center opinion poll, one in five Russians believes that the annexation of Crimea did more harm than good.

It was also reported that for most Russians, television remains the main source of information, but its audience is gradually declining. Thus, ten years ago, 94% of Russians received information on television, and today – 72%.