More than a quarter of Russians (28%) expressed readiness to stage mass protests over falling living standards. Their number reached a maximum value over the past year and a half, the survey showed “Levada-center”, commissioned by the “Open video”.

According to the survey, 28% of Russians are ready to participate in protests for economic reasons. However, 61% of respondents doubt that such actions are possible If the protest rallies are still held, 68% of respondents do not take part in them.

the Maximum willingness to protest is fixed among the poorest segments of the population who stated that they “hardly enough for food.” Among these respondents, 37% are ready to take to the streets, but this possibility can only see 30%.

most willing to personally participate in such actions among respondents 18 to 24 years (40%) and among people aged 40 to 54 years (35%).

it is Noted that the readiness 28% of Russians take to mass action — this is the maximum value for the half year. First peak potential protest activity came in the autumn of 2018.

However, the “Levada-center” stipulates that in may 2020, the research methodology has changed significantly, what to consider when comparing survey results obtained by the method of personal interview (as before) and by telephone survey.

Director of the research organization Lev Gudkov notes that the willingness of the population to the protests is only of a declarative nature. However, a separate “local explosions” in the big cities is quite possible, he said.