credit Putin, but criticize the quality of power
want the power in Russia to be the State. Each nation of the world
has its own specific attitude to the question of the 'perfect
government.' As for Russia, Russians still do not know how to
choose the best way to rule the world's largest country - whether
the principles of statesmanship should be based on the law or
conscience. This question was reflected in the recent research
work made by the group of specialists from the All-Russian Opinion
Poll Center. Experts polled about 1,600 respondents from 104 Russian
were asked a question about the incarnation of the present-day
state power in Russia, the majority of respondents (43 percent)
said that they perceived President Putin as the central subject
of power in the country. Eight percent believe that the power
in Russia belongs to oligarchs, five percent named the Russian
parliament, whereas four percent of the polled stated that they
thought of the power as something closely connected with bureaucracy
perception of the most relevant qualities of the perfect power
was distributed as follows. "Taking care of the people"
took the first place on the list of priorities for the Russian
government, followed with "justice," "lawfulness,"
"honesty," and "the absence of corruption."
The opinion poll showed that Russians do not think that the power
in Russia should be democratic: this quality ranked only 14th
being preceded with "determination" and "authority."
Specialists of the above-mentioned Center said that many Russians
associate the democratic quality of power with lawlessness and
permissiveness. "Kindness," "modern spirit"
and "openness" were named as "the least important
qualities that the Russian administration should have.
The poll revealed
that Russian people's structure to perceive the qualities of power
was rather primitive. Apparently, Russians still do not know how
state officials should rule the nation: either on the base of
justice or law (whether they should be professional managers or
caring fathers, so to speak). Financially secure and young Russians
take the side of the first of the two options, whereas elderly
citizens share a different approach on the matter.
of Russians believe that one should toughen responsibilities for
state officials and strengthen people's control over their actions.
Many acknowledged that raising salaries for officials was an absolutely
inefficient way to improve the work of the Russian government.
About 57 percent of the polled said that only educated and intelligent
individuals can hold the reins of government. Only 33 percent
of respondents said that state officials should have the common-life-experience
in their lives so that they should be perfectly aware of people's
problems and needs.
As a matter
of fact, Russians do not expect any qualitative changes in the
structure of the Russian state power during the forthcoming five
years. The majority of respondents said that they do not expect
the Russian government to obtain more moral principles in the
future. Positive expectations are presumably linked with determination,
education, competence, stability, strength, activity and foresight.
want the power to be the State", the chairman of Russia's
Federation Council, Sergei Mironov said.
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