More Than Half of Russians Believe Hard Times Are Yet to Come
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The index of social expectations and social attitudes show how Russians view the future and the current situation in the country. Both indices take a value from -100 to 100 points. The higher the index value is, the more optimistic are perceptions of the respondents about Russia’s future.
A recent survey revealed that over the half of Russians have quite a pessimistic perception of their country’s future.
52% of respondents think that the most difficult times are yet to come. The index of social expectations decreased by 17 points between July and December 2015 and dropped to -55 points (on the scale from -100 to 100 points).
Optimism about Russia’s prospects for the future is lower than during the same period in previous years. The number of those who believe that “the bad times are left behind” has significantly decreased. One in five respondents (22%) believes that Russia is going through hard times now.
According to the survey, 27% of Russians assessed their life situation as “good” or “excellent”, 59% described it as “normal” while 12% said their life is “bad” or “terrible.”
All in all, the index of social attitudes towards the situation in the country showed a negative trend over the last six months. In December the index dropped to its lowest level in 2015 and reached 53 points (on the scale from -100 to 100 points).
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