Press release №2238
12.12.2019
RUSSIAN PROTEST MOODS

IN BRIEF

  • 54% have not heard of any protest activities in the country over the recent month
  • 66% consider that the probability of mass protest actions in their settlements is low
  • 24% admit they could participate in mass rallies (a 3-point decrease compared to June and July).

MOSCOW, December 11, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) presents the data of a monitoring survey describing protest moods of Russians.

More than half of Russians (54%) have not heard about any protest actions and rallies in the country over the recent month. Only one in ten are well aware of such activities (8%). Those who report high levels of informative awareness are Russians aged 18-24 (16%). The group of background awareness is represented by one-third of respondents (38%) – mainly those who have heard of actions but do not know any details. 

Most of respondents believe that the probability of mass protest activity in their area of residence is rather low (66%). Twenty-eight percent of respondents admit that such protest actions may happen; this percentage has returned to the spring levels (30-31% in June-August). At the same time, 24% of respondents admit they could take part in such actions (the peak value was recorded in June-July (27%).

When asked whether certain protest activities are acceptable or not, half of respondents admit (53%) that neither form of protest activity is acceptable to them. One-third of respondents say that they could sign a petition (33%; mainly Russians aged 25-34 (39%)). Fourteen percent of respondents would be ready to take part in a demonstration; 8% would agree to disseminate information to attract more attention to problems.

Russian VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on December 5, 2019. Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,600 Russians aged 18 and older. A stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers is used. 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.

Do you know/have you heard anything about protest actions or rallies in Russia over the recent month? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and older
I am well aware of that 8 16 10 8 7 6
I heard something but do not know any details 38 46 37 33 38 39
I heard nothing 54 38 53 59 55 55

In your opinion, what is the probability of mass protest against fall in living standards, unjust actions of authorities, or related to the protection of human rights in your city/settlement? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI
Highly probable 29 28 30 28 27 30 30 31 30 28 28
Hardly possible 65 66 64 65 66 64 64 63 64 67 66
Don’t know 6 6 6 7 7 6 6 6 6 5 6
If such protest activities take place, will you personally take part?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI
Likely yes 28 27 26 28 26 27 27 23 23 23 24
Likely no 66 67 68 67 68 67 68 71 72 72 71
Don’t know 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 6 5 5 5
If you were proposed to take part in protest activities to attract the attention of authorities to acute problems, would you agree? If yes, what kind of activities? (closed-ended question, any number of  answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 60 and older
Signing  a petition 33 33 39 36 35 24
Demonstrations, mass protest actions 14 18 18 15 16 8
Dissemination of leaflets, dissemination of  information online 8 10 10 11 7 3
Road  blocking 4 6 6 6 2 2
Single-person protest 3 6 5 5 2 1
I would not take part in the protest activities 53 56 40 51 52 64
Other   1 1 1 1 2 1
Don’t know 4 3 7 5 2 4
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