Press release №1945
10.04.2017
BANNING SOCIAL MEDIA?

IN BRIEF

  • 62% of Russians support the initiative banning children from using social media
  • 39% support the idea to register with passport in order to use social media

Russians expressed their opinion on a legislative initiative regarding social media.

MOSCOW, April 10, 2017. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the results of a survey devoted to the attitudes of Russians towards new legislative initiatives regarding social media access.

Russians favor the idea to ban social networks for children under 14. Sixty-two per cent of respondents support the initiative; the share of supporters aged 18-24 makes up 67% which is higher than the share of those who are aged 60 and over (60%). A third of respondents oppose the initiative (35%); they are basically residents of Moscow and St.Petersburg (47%).

When asking about restrictions using social media, respondents express high level of disapproval. Fifty-two per cent perceive negatively the idea to provide passport details when creating a social media account; remarkably, this share is higher among active Internet users rather than those who do not surf the Internet (58% vs 36%).  Thirty-nine per cent of respondents favor the initiative (48% of those aged 25-34).

The VCIOM-Sputnik initiative all-Russian survey was conducted on April 6, 2017, using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia, and involved 600 respondents. Russians aged 18 and over took part in the survey. 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 4.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

What are you attitudes towards an initiative banning children under 14 from using social media?  (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over Those who use the Internet almost every day Those who use the Internet several times a week/a month Those who use the Internet occasionally or never use it
I completely support it 37 43 33 40 35 36 33 43 39
I am likely to support it 25 24 30 26 22 24 29 25 15
I am likely to oppose it 21 23 18 17 28 18 24 21 14
I completely oppose it 14 10 17 16 13 12 12 10 20
I do not know what social media is 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4
Don’t know 2 0 2 1 2 6 2 1 8
What are you attitudes towards an initiative banning children under 14 from using social media?  (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents Moscow and St.Petersburg Million cities More than 500 ths inhabitants 100–500 ths inhabitants Less than 100 ths inhabitants Rural area
I completely support it 37 24 41 36 37 38 39
I am likely to support it 25 25 32 28 29 27 15
I am likely to oppose it 21 32 8 12 15 25 26
I completely oppose it 14 15 19 13 15 8 15
I do not know what social media is 1 0 0 0 1 0 3
Don’t know 2 4 0 11 3 2 2
What are you attitudes towards an initiative to provide passport details in order to create a social media account?  (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over Those who use the Internet almost every day Those who use the Internet several times a week/a month Those who use the Internet occasionally or never use it
I completely support it 23 16 27 19 25 22 20 25 27
I am likely to support it 16 20 21 18 14 13 17 20 12
I am likely to oppose it 20 14 17 18 28 15 22 22 12
I completely oppose it 32 45 33 41 30 22 36 28 24
I do not know what social media is 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 1 7
Don’t know 8 5 2 4 3 21 5 4 18 
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