The main recommendation following the Kerch massacre is to improve security capacities in educational institutions. To change approaches towards student education is a less frequent answer.MOSCOW, October 23, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study devoted to the Kerch college shooting.
The Kerch college explosion has become a national tragedy: 96% of Russians are aware of what happened.
Two-thirds (64%) say that it was a mass murder committed by a student. Every fifth (21%) thinks it was a terrorist attack committed by an unknown group.
According to Russians, to avoid future attacks it is important to improve security capacity in colleges (28%), to improve professional skills of security officers, to replace doormen with professionals and to allow security checks (18%). A further 16% consider it necessary to carry out awareness-raising activities among students. In addition, 12% say that more attention should be paid to outreach activities at home and at school. Every tenth (9%) thinks it is essential to toughen legislation on gun control; 7% propose to limit exposure to media violence and to ban computer games.
The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on October 19, 2018. The survey involved 1,600 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 Russia. 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.
|An explosion occurred on Wednesday at Kerch College. Over 20 persons were killed and over 50 were injured. Have you heard anything about that? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|I am well aware of that||59|
|I heard something but do not know any details||37|
|This is the first time I hear about that||4|
|In your opinion, what happened at Kerch college? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|Mass murder committed by a student||64|
|Terrorist attack by an unknown group||21|
|Domestic gas explosion||2|
|Provocation by someone||0|
|In your opinion, what should the Russian authorities do to prevent such attacks in educational institutions? (open-ended question, not more than 5 answers; answers by at least 1% of respondents, % of total respondents)|
|To improve security capacities in educational institutions (surveillance, access, metal detectors, parents and teachers on duty)||28|
|To improve the skills of security officers, to replace doormen for professionals, to allow security checks||18|
|Awareness-raising work with students, propaganda, outreach campaigning, conversations with psychologists||16|
|To pay more attention to children and young adults’ education both at schools and at home||12|
|To toughen the legislation on gun control||9|
|To limit exposure to media violence (TV, Internet), to ban computer games||7|
|Organization of leisure, work, employment among the young people||6|
|To improve the entrance security at schools||4|
|To increase vigilance inside the educational institutions, the vigilance of people around||3|
|Private security companies at schools should be replaced with state-owned security agencies||3|
|Preventive activities aimed at families and children||2|
|Mandatory check, forced treatment and registration with a mental health institution||2|
|To develop and reform the education system||2|
|To improve the work of security agencies||2|
|To strengthen control over social networks||1|
|To strengthen control over schools carried out by special agencies||1|
|To increase the number of checks at educational institutions||1|
|To increase cultural intelligence||1|
|To reduce class divide||1|
|To pay more attention to domestic policies||1|
|To strengthen control over the young people||1|
|Improve people’s financial well-being||1|
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