Most Russians want stricter controls: poll

18th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

More than half of all Russians would prefer to see the state impose stricter controls over politics and economics, an independent polling centre said Tuesday.

Some 63 percent of Russians polled in late December said they thought the president and the government should be more strict about "liberties" and "tighten the screws" instead, the respected Levada Centre said in its study.

The centre said such "paternalistic attitudes" had increased dramatically since the last poll on the subject was conducted in November 2009, when 37 percent called for stricter controls that could ensure social protection.

Only 28 percent of the respondents said they thought the government should give people more freedom and focus only on crime prevention

Russia is traditionally a paternalistic country due to a "traditionally strong social component and large role of state in the life of Soviet people," Levada said.

Three percent said people should take care of themselves without the state's involvement, the poll said.

© 2011 AFP

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