69% of Russians believe State does not pay enough attention to problems of people with disabilities
69% of Russians believe that the State does not pay enough attention to the problems faced by people with disabilities, according to a survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (PORC)
On 2 November, PORC and the All-Russian Society for the Disabled presented the results of a survey on the position of people with disabilities in society. The research was conducted during October among 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over.
The results showed that 62% of respondents have friends who are disabled, while 26% of them live with people with disabilities. Thirty per cent don’t have such friends and 8% are disabled themselves.
Thirty-three per cent rarely meet people with disabilities on the streets or in public places, 9% practically never. Twenty-three per cent of respondents meet disabled people quite often.
Respondents compiled a list of the main problems which, in their opinion, people with disabilities face in society:
- Problems getting around town (34%);
- Difficulties getting out of the house (29%);
- Inadequate benefits (26%);
- Problems with receiving medication (23%);
- Problems gaining employment (17%).
In addition, the majority (69%) of Russians believe that the State pays little or no attention to the problems faced by disabled people.
Half of the respondents said that the State should begin to solve problems affecting this social group as a matter of urgency. Thirty-nine per cent of Russians agree that while such issues are important, the country has more pressing problems to deal with at the moment.
Translated by Neil Hailey