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    July 8, 2016

    New survey shows changing Russian attitudes towards sanctions

    July 8, 2016 - 
    Translated by J. Arnoldski

    Nearly half (48%) of Russians believe that the West is more interested in a mutual lifting of sanctions, while the opposite view was expressed by 11%. Moreover, according to majority public opinion, the sanctions regime will last another two years. This was testified to by a survey conducted in June by the Public Opinion Foundation.

    47% of respondents noted the negative impact of sanctions imposed by the US, Canada, and Europe on the country.

    In comparison to last years’ survey, the number of those who believe that Russia’s responsive measures significantly affect the economies of Western countries has decreased from 68% to 60%. 

    The share of those who posit that the Russian embargo has had a positive impact on the economy amounts to 39%. Those who are sure of the opposite make up 31%. Opinions on this issue diverge significantly between residents of the capital and those living in the countryside. Among Muscovites, more are sure that counter-sanctions have had a negative influence (45% vs. 31%) while villagers, by contrast, tend to assess their impact as positively (33% vs. 28%). 

    58% of Russians expressed that they had not felt the effects of import restrictions on food products. A year ago, 72% expressed such.

    The Public Opinion Foundation’s poll was conducted by telephone on June 26th, 2016. A thousand residents from 320 cities and 160 villages participated. 

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