VTSIOM found the main fears of Russians

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The Russians were more afraid of rising prices and the possibility of a military conflict, it follows from the results of the study of the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion (VTSIOM).

Polls noted the increased level of tension on the «map of fear» of the Russians from the beginning of the year. Most of the indicators, according to the sociologists, «significantly higher than the comparable periods last year and two years ago».

«Fears associated with rising prices and international conflict are the main factors of concern. The fears index on the first issue, from may to June, increased from 23 to 27 points (in January it was equal to 17 points). The indicator that demonstrates the level of fears of Russians concerning military conflicts, rose to 19 in March and since then is in the range of 19-20 points,» — said in the study.

Health problems and difficulty obtaining medical care for the Russians are in third place in the ranking of fears. However, the value of this index increased from zero in the beginning of the year to 8 points in June.

The anxiety of Russians about the internal strife and conflicts has increased markedly in April (from -5 in January, up 6 points), but in June the figure dropped to 1 point. A similar trend sociologists have noted in relation to the level of fear of crime: in April the maximum was recorded in the current year (7 points vs. 1 point in January), and in June, the index was 3 points.

«Downside risks to earnings in connection with the reduction of salaries, delays in payments and the like, by Russians increased from -11 points in January to -3 points in June. Index fears of job loss in the last six months, also added: -24 to -18 points. However, these indicators are still in negative territory», — is marked in materials VTSIOM.

Family problems traditionally occupy the last place in the ranking of «fears» that the Russians fear the least: the index in June amounted to -47 points, which is below the results of 2015 and 2016, said the sociologists.

The leading expert-consultant VTSIOM Oleg chernozub explained that the earlier trend to exacerbate social fears in June were fixed, the main factors of concern remain the high cost of living and international tensions.

«Indicators on them continue to deteriorate. Quite reasonable in the past, fears in respect of income, unemployment and internal disorder also show an unfavorable trend. This means that, as we have already mentioned, the optimism of a society in terms of overcoming the crisis and maintaining political stability becoming unstable,» — said the expert.

The survey was conducted 22-27 June 2017 in 130 populated localities in 46 regions of Russia among 1,6 thousand respondents. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%. Designed by sociologists on the basis of the data of «index of fear» shows how the Russians fear most. This index can range from -100 to 100 points — the higher the value, the more likely it seems the problem occurs.

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