Most Russians are in favor gradual political reforms in the country, while just over a third want quick and dramatic changes, according to an opinion poll published by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center on Wednesday.
After the December 4 parliamentary elections, which were won by the pro-Kremlin ruling United Russia party, mass protests against alleged electoral fraud began. Protesters demanded a rerun of parliamentary elections they claimed had been rigged.
“Most Russians believe that our country needs stability and changes of an evolutionary nature (53 percent). Moreover, in recent years, 2008-2011, this point-of-view has become even more popular than ever before,” the statement said.
As sociologists reported, 39 percent of respondents now serve for rapid and radical reforms. Only 30 percent of respondents held this opinion in 2008.
Proponents of progressive reforms are primarily adherents of the United Russia (62 percent in this category), women (57 percent) and residents of large cities (57 percent). Mainly supporters of the Liberal Democratic Party (56 percent), men (45 percent) and low-income respondents (43 percent) voted for rapid change.
Sociologists noted that respondents over the age of 70 are more likely to maintain the path of progressive, evolutionary change and young respondents are for radical changes.
Some 1,600 people from 46 regions of Russia took part in the opinion poll, which was held December 17-18, 2011. The statistical error does not exceed 3.4 percent.