Russians favor peaceful democratic means of change over street protests, other forms of political activism

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Russians, who want life in their country to change for the better, favor voting in elections and signing petitions and dislike taking part in street protests and donating money for causes, a new opinion poll shows. The poll, conducted by the Levada Center, offered people various venues for pursuing changes in public life and asked whether or not they personally were prepared to take them. Finding a party with a program aligned with personal preferences and voting for it was the most popular option, with over 70 percent supporting this path. Signing petitions and open letters was chosen by 53 percent while lodging complaints with the authorities was favored by 49 percent. While Russians are prepared to express their opinion, they don’t seem eager to put more significant effort into their political activities. The least popular way to seek change in the country is donating money to political or public organizations – 91 percent responded they are not willing to do it. Almost equally…

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