Press release №694
22.05.2007
OVERCOME POVERTY IN RUSSIA: HOW?

IN BRIEF

MOSCOWMay, 21, 2007. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) submits information concerning thoughts of Russians about overcoming poverty in our country.

Lowering the level of poverty in Russia by half in a short term is impossible to achieve, as the majority of respondents (61%) think. Only 26% believe it actually can be done. In comparison to 2004, the part of pessimists has slightly declined (from 66% down to 61%).

The most optimistic ones are the supporters of Uniform Russia party (33%) and Fair Russia party (31%). The supporters of CPRF doubt the possibility of reaching this goal the most (75% doubt and only 14% believe in such possibility).

Poor financial status does not add any optimistic moods to respondents' attitudes. Only 15% of respondents of that category find cutting down poverty in half realistic. The other 74% think it is impossible. In comparison to that category, those who identify themselves as well-to-do ones are more optimistic (38%) rather than pessimistic (53%).

Those respondents who find the stated goal achievable connect their optimism primarily with lowering the level of unemployment in the country (24%), with general increase of life quality (17%), with country economy developing (12%), with the fact that Russia is a rich country with vast natural resources (9%); with aid of national projects (8%).

Similar arguments are called by those respondents who do not find the idea of lowering the level of poverty in half realistic. Except they use those arguments negatively. Thus, the cons of achieving the goal these respondents identify are decrease of the life quality (23%), unemployment (14%), economy collapse (13%), authorities' indifference (12%), lots of poor (10%), inflation, price increase (10%), corruption and lawlessness (6%). Some (5%) think the goal is not achievable because people do not want to do anything about poverty.

Russians do not estimate government actions dealing with poverty highly. Only 17% of respondents think that the government has already solved the problem of lowering poverty in half. The majority of respondents though say this problem is not solved yet. This point of view is most popular among those who identify themselves as poor (87%). This point is supported by 63% of well-to-do respondents.

All-Russia opinion poll was conducted by VCIOM, April, 21-22, 2007. 1600 respondents were interviewed in 153 population centers of 46 regions of Russia. The statistical error does not exceed 3.4%.

President Vladimir Putin in the beginning of his second term has stated the aim of lowering the number of poor ones in half. Do you find it realistic?
 20042007
Undoubtedly realistic44
Somewhat realistic2422
Somewhat not realistic4446
Undoubtedly not realistic2215
Difficult to answer613
President Vladimir Putin in the beginning of his second term has stated the aim of lowering the number of poor ones in half. Do you find it realistic?

 

Total respondents

Financial status

Very good, goodAverageBad, very bad
Undoubtedly realistic4643
Somewhat realistic22322412
Somewhat not realistic46404453
Undoubtedly not realistic15131321
Difficult to answer1391511
If you DO find lowering the number of poor in half realistic, why do you think so? (open-ended question, up to three responses, % of those, who find it realistic)
The level of unemployment has declined, people can support themselves24
Quality of life is increasing, the income is increasing17
The economy is developing12
Russia is a rich country with vast natural resources9
National projects are being realized8
The situation in general is improving7
President of Russia is dealing with it5
Agriculture and industry are being restored3
Control everything, use new technologies3
Other3
Difficult to answer27
If you DO NOT find lowering the number of poor in half realistic, why do you think so? (open-ended question, up to three responses, % of those, who do not find it realistic)
The level of unemployment has increased, people can not support themselves23
There are too many poor ones, the diversity of society to rich and poor ones10
Unemployment14
Corruption, lawlessness6
inflation, price increase (including communal service rates)10
The situation in general is worsening: social policy is needed2
Undeveloped economy (shut down of state enterprises)13
People do not want to work5
This problem is not being solved by authorities (including local ones)12
Agriculture collapse3
Other9
Difficult to answer20
Do you think that the government has managed to solve the problem of cutting down poverty in half?

 

Total respondents

Financial status

Very good, goodAverageBad, very bad
Probable yes1730188
Probably no77637487
Difficult to answer6785
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