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Russians become more critical of government

MOSCOW. Dec 4 (Interfax) - The Russian government's inability to curb consumer prices and stop the population's sliding incomes are the most common reasons for which Russians reproach it these days: 46% named these problems as the principal ones among those blackening their lives, while last year, 44% of Russians criticized the government for low living standards.

Interfax obtained this information from VTsIOM, the All-Russian Center for Public Opinion and Research, which derived it from a recent representative interview poll of 1,600 respondents and an analogous questionnaire poll conducted last November.

In the opinion of 37% of Russians, the government does not properly care for the people's social protection, as compared to 24% last year.

At the moment, 31% of respondents reproach the executive body for its inability to provide people with jobs, against 25% a year ago.

In the view of 24% of those polled (22% last year), the government cannot efficiently combat crime, 23% (23%) think the government cannot cope with the economic crisis and production slump, 22% (20%) do not believe the government has a clearly thought-out program for overcoming the crisis, 21% (11%) think Cabinet members are corrupt and acting chiefly for their own benefit, 20% (15%) take the view that it cannot ensure the people's security and defeat terrorism, 15% (13%) accuse it for failing to resolve the Chechnya problem, 11% (6%) charge it with acting in the interests of mafia capital, 8% (6%) think the people working in the government are professionally incompetent, and 4% (4%) believe the Cabinet is acting in the interests of foreign capital.

Another 3% of Russians named other shortcomings in the government's work, against 2% last year.

At the same time, 9% of respondents do not have anything reproachful to say about the government, up from 6% last year.

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