Press release №2138
29.01.2019
EXPLOSION IN MAGNITOGORSK: WHO IS TO BLAME?

IN BRIEF

  • 98% of Russians are aware of the explosion in a residential building in Magnitogorsk
  • 74% of respondents think the main reason is domestic gas explosion
  • Respondents say that public utilities and tenants themselves are to be blamed for the tragedy

Russians put the blame for the explosion on the public utilities and the tenants themselves.

MOSCOW, January 29, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study devoted to what Russians think about the explosion in a residential building in Magnitogorsk.

An overwhelming majority of Russians (98%) are aware of the tragedy in Magnitogorsk, including 57% of respondents who say they are well aware.

Three-quarters of respondents (74%) think the incident was caused by gas explosion: 44% point to tenants’ improper handling of gas.  Thirty percent point to poor maintenance of gas networks. Every tenth respondent (11%) thinks it was a terrorist attack.   

Respondents mainly blame public utilities for the tragedy (42%) and the tenants themselves (35%). Local authorities are less likely to be blamed (9%). Besides that, a majority (76%) consider that the authorities’ actions were adequate. 

After the Magnitogorsk tragedy, Russians overwhelmingly think that the same thing may happen to them and their families in the future (61%).

VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on January 10, 2019. 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.

Ten days ago there was an explosion in a multi-storey building in Magnitogorsk (Chelyabinsk region), killing 39 people. Did you personally hear about the incident? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
I am well aware of that 57
I heard something but I do not know any details 41
This is the first time I hear about it 2
There are a number of versions of what happened.  Some people say that it was a gas explosion caused by poor maintenance of gas networks. Others say it was caused by negligence and improper use of gas by the tenants. Still others consider that it was a terrorist attack. Which opinion do you most agree with?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
It was a domestic gas explosion caused by negligence and improper use of gas  by tenants   44
It was a domestic gas exposition caused by poor maintenance of gas networks 30
It was a terrorist attack 11
Other 3
Don’t know 12
In your opinion, who is the to blame for the tragedy?  (open-ended, up to 3 answers, % of total respondents, shown are answers of at least 1% of respondents)
  Total respondents
Tenants of the house/victims 20
Gas company / gas services / Gorgaz 19
Apartment owner where the explosion took place 9
Administration / local authorities 9
Public utilities / Public utilities service provider / Utility infrastructure 9
Managing company providing services 8
Equipment safety supervision bodies / lack of control 6
People/citizens / human factor 6
State / governmental bodies / government 3
Law-enforcement bodies / security bodies 2
Security services / special services 2
Governor 1
Developer / design engineers/ construction workers 1
Alcoholics / drunken state 1
Poor state of the house/equipment 1
Putin 1
Terrorists / terror attack 1
Negligence 1
Other 2
Don’t know 26
In your opinion, were the actions of the authorities adequate, appropriate to the situation or inadequate, inappropriate to the situation? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Likely adequate 76
Likely inadequate 9
Don’t know 15
Are you afraid that you or your family can be a victim of an explosion similar to the Magnitogorsk tragedy?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Very afraid 13
Somewhat afraid 48
I am confident that nothing  of that kind will happen to me or my family 14
I did not think about it 23
Don’t know 2
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