Russians prefer election to protest actions
Russians no longer wish to be patient and wait until the country's problems are solved but prefer elections to protests and street actions, the Levada Center told Interfax.
A relative majority of the respondents (42 percent) replied to the sociologists' question about the preferable way of dealing with the problems in contemporary Russia that they "should wait until the next election" and "elect the leaders capable of managing the country better."
Eighteen percent suggested protests and street actions, which would draw the attention of the authorities to the needs and problems of citizens. The number of people who are ready to be patient, adjust to the circumstances and wait for a better life has dropped from 63 percent in March 2009 to 22 percent now.
A fifth of the respondents (18 percent) could not answer the question.
In the opinion of Russians, the long terms in office of the same people leads to abuse and corruption (36 percent) and stagnation and a lag behind other countries (20 percent). Twenty percent argued that it was good for law and order in the country. Fifteen percent said it did not matter who was in office as long as the laws were not violated.
Fifty-eight percent said it was much more important to put the authorities under public control than strengthen the authorities (26 percent).
The center polled 1,600 respondents older than 18 in 130 populated areas in 45 regions on January 20-24. The margin of error remains within 3.4 percent.