Russian Public Opinion Research Center WCIOM has announced the results of the competition "The Researcher - 2015". The LCSR research-assistant, Nina Iltshenko, has won the prize in the nomination for "The Best Empirical Work".
To participate in the competition one should have written an analytic note using the data collected by WCIOM in Russia during the period of 2008 till 2012. The analysis of the data had had to reveal the urgent problems peculiar to modern Russian society and offer the hypotheses, which could explain the main sources of such problems.
Nina has performed a profound statistical analysis to show how people assess the activity of the government, prime-minister and current president of Russia. The main question she tried to address is how the assessment of these personalities and organs could be connected with people's fears and anxieties in the personalist regime. The results showed that intragroup approval of the prime minister’s and the president's activities among middle-income population is higher than the intragroup approval among low-income and high-income people. As about the national government activities, more affluent population has demonstrated the higher approval rate of the government activities than the less affluence population did. Factor analysis of the fears and anxieties of Russian citizens helped to reveal the trend towards more concern over ecological and technogeneous issues rather than the problems of democracy or political rights.
In conclusion, Nina has contemplated that there exists the connection between loss of economic prosperity and lower approval of the government activities. However, the change in the assessment of president`s and prime minister`s activities may be insignificant.
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