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14 June


Russians called the loss of work the main fear during the pandemic

At the same time, Russians are no longer afraid of inflation

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/NOVOSTIVL/ More than a third of Russians (37%) are afraid of losing their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as that they will no longer be paid salaries and pensions (21%). This follows from the data of the sociological survey "Social well-being of Russians", prepared by the Higher School of Economics (HSE).

"The main economic risk in the eyes of citizens against the background of the pandemic was the fear of losing their jobs (37%), as well as the possibility of non - payment of salaries and pensions (21%)," the study says.

At the same time, according to the HSE, Russians have stopped being afraid of inflation and are calm about rising prices for planned large purchases.

"The authorities' long-term efforts to curb inflation and improve the financial sector have yielded results. Russians have stopped fearing inflation. As the main economic risk, "the growth of prices for regularly purchased goods and services" was noted by only 17%, the depreciation of cash savings-only 4%. The population is calm about the increase in prices for planned large purchases [most dependent on the ruble exchange rate], only 2% of citizens consider this as a major risk," the HSE survey notes.

The survey was conducted by personal interview at the place of residence of the Respondent in the period from September 11 to October 5, 2020. The study involved citizens of the Russian Federation aged 15 to 72 years, a total of 6 thousand respondents were interviewed in 173 localities in 59 subjects of the Russian Federation. Previous surveys were conducted in December 2016 and September 2018.