Russia can do without Western food imports… it did for many years in the Cold War, didn’t it? Russians are TOUGH NUTS… that’s something that the West’s forgot. I seem to think that they’re going to get a reminder right smartly…
On Wednesday, according to an all-Russian poll presented by the RAN Sociology Institute, about 80 percent of Russians are ready to give up Western foodstuffs for the sake of strengthening the state. Meanwhile, only about 10 percent of respondents agreed to a wage and pension freeze in coming years and only 12 percent agreed to tax hikes. As many as 64 percent of those polled agreed to giving up Western manufactured goods, 55 percent said that they could give up tourist and business trips to the USA and Europe, and 51 percent said that they wouldn’t keep savings in foreign currency. Meanwhile, 37 percent of respondents said that they could give up the Internet and social networks.
The researchers said, “In assessing the direction of social changes in the country over the past year, Russians divided into two numerically comparable groups, one noting changes for the better (45 percent); another noting changes for the worse (43 percent)”. 54 percent of respondents assessed their general emotional and psychological state positively, compared with 63 percent in 2013, whilst 46 percent perceived it negatively, compared with 37 percent in 2013. The respondents also assessed different aspects of their life. Specifically, 41 percent of those polled said they had no problems with nutrition, while 5 percent assessed it as bad. About a third of the respondents said everything was fine with their clothes, housing, and work, whilst 61 percent of those polled noted good family relations. As many as 36 percent of Russians assessed their life as good and only 5 percent thought it was bad.
The poll revealed a high degree of social stratification. The poorest 10 percent of Russians have a monthly income of less than 5,000 Roubles per person (460 Renminbi. 4,500 INR. 74 USD. 92 CAD. 93 AUD. 66 Euros. 49 UK Pounds), whilst affluent Russians earn 43,500 Roubles per person (4,000 Renminbi. 39,200 INR. 640 USD. 800 CAD. 805 AUD. 565 Euros. 425 UK Pounds), excluding the wealthiest 3-5 percent, who the researchers said ignore polling. The RAN conducted the poll in November 2014, asking 4,000 adult Russians representing all economic regions in Russia, and all types of communities and demographic groups.
28 January 2015