Press release №2072
04.06.2018
ALEXEY KUDRIN AND THE FUTURE OF THE ACCOUNTS CHAMBER

IN BRIEF

  • Kudrin is basically known as a former finance minister (38%)
  • The survey results suggest that the assessments of Kudrin’s political activity are likely to be positive (21%) than negative (13%)

Russians’ expectations from the work of the Accounts Chamber headed by Kudrin are moderately positive.

MOSCOW, June 4, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a survey describing what Russians know about Alexey Kudrin and what they expect from the Accounts Chamber under his direction.

On May 22, 2018, by proposal of the President of the Russian Federation, Alexey Kudrin was appointed by the State Duma of the Federal Assembly as head of the Accounts Chamber. Fifty-six percent of Russians know about that.

Three-quarters of Russians (74%) know who Alexey Kudrin is. Those who know his name remember him as a finance minister/member of the Government (38%).

Twenty-nine percent of Russians assess his performance positively; 13% have negative attitudes; a further 31% are indifferent.

About a quarter of Russians (23%) expect the Accounts Chamber to perform better under Kudrin’s direction; only 5% are skeptical; 29% do not expect any changes in the work of this supervisory body.

The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on May 27028, 2018, and involved 2,000 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in RussiaThe data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.2%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

 

Do you know/have you heard/do you hear for the first time about Alexey Kudrin?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of all respondents)
  Total respondents
Yes, I am well aware 18
I heard something but I do not know any details 56
I hear about him for the first time 26

 

What is Alexey Kudrin famous for?  (open-ended question, not more than three answers, % of those who are aware of who A. Kudrin is)
  % of respondents
Former minister of finance/member of Government, financier 38
He will be head of Accounts Chamber   12
Smart politicians expert       5
He reduced the external debt to minimal levels and led the country out of crisis       3
I only know his  surname, I know nothing about his activities      3
Person of liberal views, opposition figure 3
He designed a program of economic reform, was involved in public activities 3
It was his initiative to raise the retirement age 3
He invested money in American companies     2
Bank executive manager     2
He led the country to crisis 2
Other 9
I know nothing about him, his activities 18
Don’t know 21

 

Alexey Kudrin is a Russian politician who served as Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance.  What are your attitudes towards Alexey Kudrin as politician? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of all respondents)
  Total respondents
Likely positive 21  
Likely negative 13  
Indifferent 31  
Don’t know 9  
Those who are unaware of who is Kudrin 26  

 

Several days ago Alexey Kudrin was appointed Chairman of the Accounts Chamber. Do you know/have you heard/do you hear for the first time about that? (closed-ended question, one answer % of all respondents)
  Total respondents
I know about that 23
I heard something but I do not know any details 33
This is the first time I hear about that 44

 

In your opinion, will the Accounts Chamber perform better/worse/the same as before after the Kudrin’s appointment?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of all respondents)
  Total respondents
Likely better 23
Likely worse 5
The same as before 29
Don’t know 17
Those who are unaware of who is Kudrin 26

 

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