Levada Center: 56% of Russians believe that people in power are concerned only with their material well-being

More than half (56%) of Russians believe that people in power are concerned only with their own material well-being and career. This follows from the results of a survey conducted by sociologists at the Levada Center in September.

This is the maximum value since 2007, when 60% of respondents thought so, and is close to the value of 2011 (54%). In 2014, the number of Russians holding this point of view dropped to 36%, and in the following years it gradually increased.

Among those surveyed in 2021, 16%, assessing people in power, said that this is “a good team, leading the country on the right course.” This is the lowest result since 2013, when 15% of respondents said so.

Another 10% of the participants in the new poll said that the authorities are “honest, but incompetent people who do not know how to lead the country out of the economic crisis.” Approximately the same number (8%) believe that “these are honest, but weak people who do not know how to dispose of power and ensure order and a consistent political course.” Another 10% of respondents found it difficult to answer.

The majority of voters in all opposition parties believe that the people in power are concerned only with their personal well-being. The voters of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation are especially radical in this conviction – 78%. Among the voters of United Russia, this point of view is gaining only 26%. 39% of United Russia voters believe that this is a good team of politicians who are leading the country on the right course.

(C)UNIAN 2021

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