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Russians Losing Faith In Government Institutions, Poll Shows

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Moscow, 11 October: Russians are losing trust in various government and public institutions - in the last seven years, the share of such respondents has grown by nearly 50 per cent, from 23 per cent to 37 per cent. Such are the outcomes of a survey undertaken by the Romir holding of 1,500 Russian residents. Sceptical sentiments are most common for men (41 per cent versus 33 per cent for women), middle and high income earners aged 25 to 60, as well as residents of the Northwest Federal District (51 per cent).

Trust in the institution of presidential power has fallen most noticeably since 2004 - from 59 per cent to 20 per cent. There has also been a drop in trust in the government (from 14 per cent to 11 per cent), the army (10 per cent to 8 per cent), law-enforcement agencies (from 7 per cent to 4 per cent) and the Federation Council (from 4 per cent to 2 per cent).

Trust levels have remained at the same level for the church (13 per cent), the State Duma (6 per cent), mass media and local government bodies (at 5 per cent each).

Commenting on the outcomes of the research, Romir president Andrey Milekhin highlighted two key points. "First, trust in presidential authority has stopped being so unanimous and unconditional. Second, there is a worrying growth in the number of Russians who are opting for the position of not trusting anyone. Incidentally, they represent the most socially active parts of society," Milekhin said.

"Perhaps the growth in these 'untrusting people' is precisely owed to those who previously expressed unanimous faith in presidential rule. That is, they either trust the president or no one. Thus it seems that faith in a 'tsar' has not gone anywhere. It has just turned on its flip side," the sociologist said.


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