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Journal section "Socio-economic research"

Socio-Economic Situation in the Region as Assessed by the Vologda Oblast Population That Trusts Government Institutions

Guzhavina T.A., Lastovkina D.A.

1 (3), 2016

Guzhavina T.A., Lastovkina D.A. Socio-Economic Situation in the Region as Assessed by the Vologda Oblast Population That Trusts Government Institutions. Social area, 2016, no. 1 (3). URL: http://socialarea-journal.ru/article/1805?_lang=en

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The crisis in the Russian society today requires certain political and economic measures, both at the country level as a whole and in its regions. Official statistics show that the population of the Vologda Oblast feels the deteriorating socio-economic situation. The implementation of anti-crisis policy can receive support or provoke passive resistance of the population. Assessment of the level of trust and analysis of the vision of the situation by those who expressed confidence in the power structures acquire practical importance for understanding of the fact who the authorities can rely on in their activities. The results of the public opinion monitoring carried out by ISEDT RAS show the growth of negative assessments of changes in the socio-economic situation in the region. Due to the fact that public opinion lags behind in its perception of the changes taking place, it is possible to predict the continuation of this trend. The monitoring data indicate the deterioration of assessments regarding changes in the socio-economic situation in the region in the public opinion. Among those who express “trust” there is a decline in the proportion of those who believe that the situation remains the same or improves. Accordingly, there is an increase in the proportion of those who evaluate the situation as deteriorating. Third, there is a very significant gap between the estimates of “deterioration” and “improvement” of the situation, especially in 2009 and 2015. The authors believe that the expression of people’s trust in the government in a difficult economic situation can and should be used to get support in the implementation of anti-crisis policy. And, of course, the population that trusts the authorities and shares their viewpoints will support the implementation of various anti-crisis measures. Maintaining a high level of trust in political and social institutions in modern Russian society as a whole and at the regional level will ensure social stability, which is particularly relevant in times of crisis

Keywords

socio-economic situation, trust, political institutions

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