Staunton, November 8 – Russians havenot only lost hope in the future but have stopped making plans for it, at leastin the longer term.A new Levada Centerpoll finds the percentage who are making plans five and six years our hasdropped from 17 percent to 11 percent since May 2016 and the share of those planningfor a year ahead fallen from 37 percent to 35 percent.
Still worse, the center found, theshare of Russians who haven’t made plans even for the next few months has risenby almost ten percent, from 37 percent to 46 percent, according to Dozhd TV which said it had obtained apre-publication copy of the Levada report (tvrain.ru/news/levada_tsentr_v_rossii_sokratilos_chislo_ljudej_planirujuschih-474667/).
The Levada Center study reportedthat the decline has continued throughout the period and that all the figuresabout planning for the future were higher six months ago, an indication thatthis secular decline likely is continuing in response to the deterioratingeconomic and social situation many Russians find themselves in.
Surveys support that conclusion, theLevada Center sociologists say. Those not making plans for the future now areoverwhelmingly part of the segment of the population which assesses itsmaterial situation as “below average.” Those with higher assessments of theirposition on the social latter are more inclined to make longer-term plans.
The sociologists also noted that theshare of Russians who believe that their country is headed in the wrongdirection has grown over the last year. In October 2017, 27 percent of Russianssaid they believed that; last month, the figure was 40 percent.And the share of those ready to take part inprotests has grown by “more than 10 percent” over the same period.