Half of Russians are aware of what the press conference involving Vladimir Putin was about. The level of satisfaction with the presidents’ answers is extremely high this year.
MOSCOW, December 29, 2016. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of the survey describing the Russians’ interest in the Russian president’s press conference, and their assessments of the conversation between the president and the journalists.
Fifty-one percent of Russians are familiar with the content of the presidents’ talk with journalists (to compare: in 2015 this share was 46%). Eleven percent of Russian watched the live press conference in full (27% of persons aged 60 and over), 24% - in part; 16% found out the press conference highlights from the TV newscasts.
One-third of respondents who learnt the content of the press conference from the newscasts (36%) consider the presidential talk to be interesting; a further 38% think that only particular topics were interesting. Every tenth (9%) thinks that the press conference was interesting but too lengthy. Only 12% have negative opinions: 8% think that the conversation was boring, 4% were disappointed with the talk. These figures are similar to the previous year outcomes.
At the same time, the general level of satisfaction with the 2016 press conference has reached its all time high – 88% (across all demographic groups this share exceeds 80%). Only 9% of respondents who followed the press conference live or discovered the highlights from the newscasts are satisfied with the way the president answered the questions of the journalists.
Apart from the question about the retired persons and pensions (10%), most of Russians remember foreign policy topics such as the situation in Syria (10%), relationships with the Western countries (9%) and Ukraine (9%), as well as Russia’s military capabilities and army expenditures (8%). Fewer respondents mentioned Putin’s answers to the questions related to the 2018 presidential elections, possible election rescheduling (6%), country’s economic situation, inflation (5%), the Kerch Strait Bridge, launch of the gas pipe in Crimea (5%) et cet.
The VCIOM survey was carried out on December 24-26, 2016, using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of telephone numbers operating in Russia, and involved 1800 respondents. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.
|This week Vladimir Putin answered the questions of the journalists live. Did you follow this talk or not?* (closed-ended question, one answer, %)|
|Yes, I followed attentively the live dialogue from the beginning to the end||11||11||10||15||13||11|
|Yes, I watched particular moments live||23||23||19||21||22||24|
|Yes, I found out about the highlights from TV newscasts, newspapers and the Internet||14||18||12||12||11||16|
|No, I did not watch the performance||51||47||57||50||53||48|
* In 2011-2015 there were household surveys
**In 2011 the question referred to the D. Medvedev press conference; up to 2015 the question was “Did you follow the conversation between the Russian president and the mass media representatives?”
|Which of the following statements can best describe your impressions of the recent presidential performance?* (closed-ended question, one answer, % of those who followed the press conference personally or found out on the news)|
|I was interested in the entire Putin’s performance||15||17||22||42||36||36|
|I was interested in some topics, and not interested in others||40||47||46||37||38||38|
|The performance was interesting but too lengthy||12||13||10||8||9||9|
|It was boring; the performance did not impress me much||13||11||11||6||8||8|
|Nothing but disappointment and irritation||12||8||8||4||5||4|
* In 2011-2015, there were household surveys; up to 2015 the question was “Which of the following statements can best describe your impression of the presidential press conference?”
**In 2011 the question referred to the D. Medvedev press conference
|Are you generally satisfied with the way V. Putin answered the questions of the journalists?* (closed-ended question, one answer, % of those who followed the press conference personally or found out on the news)|
|Rather not satisfied||12||12||27||24||26||13||16||9|
* In 2006-2015, there were household surveys.
**In 2011 the question referred to the D. Medvedev press conference.
|What journalists’ questions and Putin’s answers did you remember and like most? (open-ended question, more than three answers, % of those who followed the press conference personally or found out on the news)|
|About pensions and retired persons||10|
|About the situation in Syria and Russian involvement in the conflict||10|
|About relationships with Western countries/ foreign policy||9|
|About relationships with Ukraine||9|
|About military expenditures / a statement about Russian high military capabilities||8|
|About Putin’s plans for presidential elections in 2018, about possible election rescheduling||6|
|About Russia’s economic situation / inflation||5|
|About the Kerch Strait bridge to Crimea, gas pipe launch||5|
|About accused journalists and political prisoners||4|
|About relationships with Turkey and the murder of the Russian ambassador in Turkey||3|
|About Russia’s intervention into the American elections||3|
|About education and children literature||3|
|About internal policy / assistance in local problems||3|
|About corruption and corruption scandals||3|
|About alcohol addiction in the country / Irkutsk mass poisoning||3|
|About support for agriculture and small business||2|
|Answers to foreign journalists||2|
|About the state of Russian roads||2|
|About social policy||1|
|About incomes, salaries in the country||1|
|About quality of health services and medicines||1|
|About natural resources: gas, coal, oil||1|
|About environmental issues||1|
|About tax differentiation||1|
|About doping scandal||1|
|About public utilities rates and capital repairs||1|
|About the prolongation of sanctions, import substitution||1|
|About the VDNKh kvas drink||1|
|I liked everything||2|
|I cannot recall them/Don’t know||5|