The Russians made peace with the prospect of a long economic crisis

The Levada center asked Russians about the relationship to the economic crisis. That recession in the Russian economy will last for at least two years, in January 2017 were confident 22% of respondents, the same number said that the economic difficulties would be “very long”, and when it’s over can’t assume. At the end of the crisis in six months believe only 4% of Russians, it follows from the last poll ().

A survey by the Levada center was held among 1.6 thousand adult Russians in 48 regions 20-23 Jan. The statistical error does not exceed 3.4%.

If you add up the numbers of those who in one form or another, said he did not believe in the improvement of the situation in the Russian economy even in the coming year, it can be stated that the majority of Russians actually resigned from a long crisis, said a sociologist at the Levada center Marina Krasilnikova. She drew attention to the fact that over the past two years — from December 2014, the number of optimists is not increased.

But those who say that the crisis would be “very prolonged, and its consequences will manifest themselves for many years” increased from 16% in December 2014 to 22% in January 2017. Even more respondents, 25% of respondents who thought so in may 2015. “For 2016 year, understanding that a crisis for a long time, led to the fact that people have to lower their expectations, began to be more modest in their requests,” said Krasilnikova.

The researcher notes that while there is no growth and the number of those who expects a further sharp fall. According to the es Krasil’nikova, due to the fact that there is stabilization of prices — they have ceased to rise sharply declined inflation expectations.

Against this background, a poll by the Levada Center recorded in January 2017 increased confidence in the ruble. 46% of respondents stated that they consider safe to keep their savings in domestic currency, against 26% for the same period in 2016. “This is due to the fact that the ruble is less and less impaired, but also buy the currency at all a smaller amount of the population has the opportunity,” — said Marina Krasilnikova.

She drew attention to the fact that almost no decrease in the number of those who prefer to keep their savings in a basket of currencies if it is allowed by income (26% in March 2016 and 24% in January 2017). But such conclusions respondents do not because of getting better and because it’s not getting dramatically worse.

Previously, the former head of the Ministry of Finance Alexey Kudrin said that the ruble after the beginning of the purchase by the Ministry of Finance on the currency market is waiting for a “mild weakening” and subsequent stabilization. Kudrin predicted that the currency intervention will reduce the rate “to the level of 63-64 rubles per dollar”.