Every second Russian does not believe in honesty of the
The poll was taken on
31 October 2005.
Do the Russians trust state institutions, do they consider them
honest? This question was included into October opinion poll
conducted by ROMIR Monitoring. All-Russia opinion poll embraced 1600
respondents aged 18 and above from more than 100 Russian cities and
towns. The sample is representative of the adult population of
Russia and error margin does not exceed ±2,5%.
The wording of the question was the following:
Which of the following state institutions can be called honest?
The results are given below, (multiple answers were possible, so
total is not 100%):
Above half of Russian citizens (52%) do not trust any state
institution. The respondents from cities with population 500
thousand – 1 mln people a bit more often than on whole in the sample
mentioned dishonesty of main state institutions (58%). The
respondents aged 35-44 a bit more often said that none of the state
power structures can be considered honest. The same opinion was
expressed by the participants of the survey with higher education
(55%) and high income level (52%).
So, what state institutions can be called honest then? The research
showed that every third respondent (30%) considers President to be
honest. This variant was chosen a bit more often than on whole in
the sample by the respondents from North-West federal district
(37%). As to the Far East federal district only every fifth
respondent (21%) trusts President – it is the smallest share in the
sample. In towns with population less than 100 thousand people the
share of those who consider President honest is a bit larger than in
the other types of settlements (35%). Head of State is called honest
mainly by women (33%), pensioners (38%) and the respondents with
primary education (37%).
Supreme Court is trusted by every tenth Russian respondent (10%). In
Siberia federal district a bit larger share of the respondents(14%)
than on an average in Russia trusts this power institution. A bit
more often than on whole in the sample Supreme Court was named
honest and unprejudiced by the Russians living in towns with
population less than 100 thousand people (13%) and by the
respondents aged 25-34.
The other state institutions enjoy far less trust among Russian
population, not more than 10% of the respondents can call them
honest and fair. So, only 6% of those surveyed mentioned honesty of
General Prosecutor’s Office, and 5% consider Government to be
honest, while Federation Council and State Duma are trusted by 3%
and 2% of the respondents respectively.