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Most poll respondents believe that Russia is in need of changes

May 07, 13:39 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Most respondents believe that Russia needs reform, in particular more than half back changes in most public spheres

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MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. Most respondents (89%) to a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center believe that Russia needs reform, in particular more than half (59%) back changes in most public spheres. The poll was published on the center’s website on Monday.

"The public need for reform is visible. Fifty-nine percent of those polled expressed the necessity for changes in most spheres [this rate is over 50% in all socio-demographic groups,]" the reports says.

Sociologists also note demand for reform in several public spheres among almost one-third (30%) of the respondents, with just 2% regarding changes as optional.

"Support for Vladimir Putin as the head of state is at an extremely high level [82%] today, close to historical records. The public request of him is a demand for profound changes in the life of our society. It is the president whom the voters expect to introduce changes that would benefit wide layers of Russians and not narrow groups," Director General of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center Valery Fedorov said, commenting on the survey results.

The state-run pollster conducted the survey on April 29-30 and May 2, 2018, among a random national sample of 3,000 people and margin of sampling error of no more than 1.8% with a 95% probability.

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