Opinion Poll on Freedom Perception of Russian Population
The Moscow Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation conducted a freedom perception opinion poll in in Russia in the period of July-August 2016.
It covered several themes, among which freedom and security, economy, gender, politics, religion, freedom of speech, fears and expectations, etc. The opinion poll revealed a lot of contradictions. For example, while 56.9% of the respondents answer that it is important for them personally that there should be democracy in Russia, 34.1% didn't know or refused to answer the question "What is democracy", and 30.8% didn't know or refused to answer if there was democracy in Russia at all. More than 2/3 of the respondents think that the priority task of the state for the upcoming 5 years is economic development. A valuable insight is that 64.9% answered their life depends rather on themselves, not on the state or other people.
The presentation also refers to the results of the sociological survey conducted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Office in Istanbul and Metropoll Strategic and Social Research in June 2016 on the topic “In Search of Liberal Ideas and Values in Turkey”.