New survey shows changing Russian attitudes towards sanctions

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July 8, 2016 – 

PolitRussia – 

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.

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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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