If at the end of last year the Russians are most worried about “bad medicine”, a warm winter and a problem with the garbage disposal, from April to June this year, the phobias were associated with the “coronarica” and change habitual way of life.
the study Results for the second quarter of 2020 presented a communication Agency CROS. “National index” shows the dominant society anxiety generated by the media and life experiences of Russians. The method takes into account the duration information of “echo” in the mass media, and the activity discussion topics in social networks.
“This allows us to study the “gray zone” phobias: a regular opinion polls are not configured to identify the personal alarm, and press to shape the agenda based on the private lives of citizens, – said the Agency CROS. – To conduct the study for the second quarter of 2020 were analyzed over 135 thousand messages in the media and over 1.3 million social media posts”.
the Three leaders were: anxiety about the loss of jobs and income in connection with the crisis, change of a way of life (the threat of the second wave of the epidemic, a mask mode, the self-isolation), fear of digital “slavery” and the penalties for violation of quarantine measures.
Next in importance are disrupted vacation and mistrust of official data on the number of cases of coronavirus. Top 10 “anxiety” has entered the environmental problems (in connection with the oil spill in the Norilsk), lack of access to quality medical care, it is possible to “return to the 90s” in the economy and international tension.
For comparison, in the first quarter, along with COVID-19 and its impact on the economy, Russians are worried about political changes, oil prices, anomalous winter and “black sky” over Krasnoyarsk.
the Agenda of the media and social networks in recent months was surprisingly homogeneous. For the first time during the observation period there was no discrepancy between the issues that have been raised by journalists, and what is discussed on the Internet inhabitants.
Previously, “asynchronous” manifested, for example, on the question of a third world war or a war with Turkey. When exacerbation on the international front, worried about the media, the social media was dominated by the Christmas lull. After a couple of months the “popular” segment of the Internet has stirred up the events in the Persian Gulf against the muted reaction of the journalists. At the end of 2019, the discharge of pseudopolis got the bus accident and domestic violence. Media developed discussion about the death penalty, and toughening of responsibility of carriers… Users of social networks to connect not in a hurry.
In April – June the most “troublesome” regions were Moscow, St. Petersburg and Krasnodar Krai. There most actively discussed negative consequences of “anti-virus” restrictions, fearing to remain without money, and said the stress of your life transition to a new track.
“Z��morozka” of the economy is also noticeably disturbed people in Sverdlovsk, Yaroslavl, Samara and Murmansk regions. In this case, the information excitement – not “phantom pain”, its validity is confirmed by other data, specified in the CROS. So, in the survey conducted in late may, the Higher school of Economics, 60 percent of respondents reported a decrease in their income during the epidemic. Every third admitted that they began to receive much less, and 13 percent have lost their earnings completely. The big banks and the national Association of professional collection agencies reported that in the spring increased the share of overdue loans.
Household changes due to the regime self-isolation, strongly act on the nerves of residents not only capitals, but also, for example, Novosibirsk. “People have lost their usual activities. Work and study on distance for many was uncomfortable. The experts say that we will have to learn to live with the coronavirus, to adapt to new conditions,” – noted the authors of the “National index”.
as to digital “slavery” that the company wound up with this theme of Moscow and St. Petersburg amounted to compatriots from the Kemerovo region, Bashkortostan and Khanty-Mansi Autonomous district. Many publications in the media and social networks was devoted to the failures of “Social monitoring”, issued illegal fines and leakage of personal data. People protect personal space and fear of surveillance, not knowing whether to leave “total control” with the epidemic or will remain forever.
the Kuban and the Crimea – leaders in the feelings about disrupted vacations. Closures, resorts and hotels brought down many plans for the summer vacation and powerfully hit the tourist industry. In July, as you know, for vacationers, still opened the opportunity to visit the Black sea, but of the citizens due to the fall in income is now not enough money for it.
however, residents of the regions continue to be concerned with problems that are not related to the epidemic. In the second quarter of environmental fears spurred the crash in Norilsk. In a number of discussions of this topic in social networks lead Arkhangelsk oblast and Krasnoyarsk Krai.
the focus remained on the amendments to the Constitution. If in the first quarter themselves were discussed modifications to the document, in the second voting procedure. The new format demanded a clarification of the CEC.
“significantly, as discussed, the access of observers to the sites. First dominated by concerns that they will not. Closer to the start of voting became aware of the registration of a significant number of independent observers – and anxiety is gone”, – said the authors of the study.
the arms Race and international tension mainly discussed the inhabitants of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad region.