MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Russians point to low income and poor quality of life as the country’s main problems, Director General of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center Valery Fedotov said at a year-end press conference
"Few things have changed throughout the year. The first and most acute problem is low salaries and substandard quality of life. From 21% to 26% of respondents named this problem as the chief headache our country faces," Fedotov said.
Low pensions and problems related to the pension reform rank second. "Little if any hope at all is being placed on it, rather it is regarded as more of a risk. From 15% to 20% are concerned about it," the center’s chief noted.
Unemployment takes third place, closing the top three, Fedotov said. This problem is the key focus for 14%-19% of respondents.
The happiness index that the Russian Public Opinion Research Center has been assessing since 1990 approached a pre-crisis level in 2017. "The last mark that we registered this fall is 70 points. It was 72 points in the spring of 2017, 66-68 a year ago and 64 two years ago. We can say that this indicator has been growing in the recent two years and has in fact surpassed even the pre-crisis levels," the Russian Public Opinion Research Center chief said.
He stressed that the adaption to new complicated conditions had occurred, "and our people can feel happy not because [of some facts,] but in spite of [them.]" Fedotov specified that 39% of those surveyed stated that they definitely feel happy, another 45% feel rather happy, 9% don’t feel quite happy, and 5% of respondents do not feel happy at all.