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Public Opinion Poll: Constitution of Russia
11.12.2013 22:52
Public Opinion Poll: Constitution of Russia

No more than 6% of Russians believe that the country's government complies with the Constitution, according to the results of the poll conducted by the Levada Centre.

      About half of the respondents (47 %) believe that the Russian government complies with the Constitution only partially. At that, 27% of respondents agreed with the opinion that “the Constitution does not play a significant role in the life of the country, since only few people consider it”. In addition, 38% of respondents admitted that they had never read the Constitution of Russia, and 25 % noticed that they had read it, but could not remember its contents.

      The majority of Russians (69%) found it difficult to answer the question “Do you agree with those people who believe that the time has come to amend the Constitution of Russia?”. Only 10% of the respondents who agreed with the thesis that “the Constitution in its current form gives too many powers to the president” and “it is necessary to reallocate the powers in favor of legislative and judicial authorities” voted for amendment of the Constitution.

      The number of Russians believing that the government complies with the Constitution made up 15% in August.

      The current Constitution of the Russian was, in contravention of the existing constitution, adopted by national referendum on December 12, 1993. Russia's constitution came into force on December 25, 1993, at the moment of its official publication. It replaced the previous Soviet-era Constitution of April 12, 1978, of Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (which had already been amended in April 1992 to reflect the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the sovereignty of the Russian Federation), after the existing constitutional order was suspended by extralegal means during the 1993 Russian constitutional crisis. Of all registered voters, 58,187,755 people (or 54.8%) participated in the referendum. Of those, 32,937,630 (54.5%) voted for adoption of the Constitution.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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