New York Times: Russia: Poll Finds Worry on Economy

Russia: Poll Finds Worry on Economy

Published: February 3, 2009


Russians’ complaints about their government increasingly focus on economic problems rather than crime or foreign affairs, according to a poll of 1,600 citizens released Monday by the Moscow-based Levada Center. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said their biggest grievance was that leaders “can’t deal with the economic problems in the country,” and 17 percent faulted the Kremlin for not having a “well-considered plan of action.” Only 4 percent blamed leaders for “not being able to solve problems in the Caucasus,” compared with 18 percent in 2003.


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