74% of Russians comfortable in company of disabled people
Research reveals that 74% of Russians don’t feel uncomfortable being in the company of people with disabilities
Almost as many have a positive attitude to people with disabilities working in the service sector.
On 28 June, the All-Russian Public Opinion Centre and the Kvartal Lui CSO revealed the results of a joint, pro bono study on how Russians feel about people with disabilities and their work. The research found that 74% of respondents don’t feel uncomfortable or awkward being with disabled people, with 21% for whom the opposite is true.
According to those asked, people with disabilities usually and more often work in IT (8%), are involved in handicrafts (7%), work remotely (6%) or work in the business sector (5%). Another 4% thought they were engaged in arts and crafts, in assembling parts or working in education.
71% of respondents welcome people with disabilities working in positions where services are provided directly to others.
At the same time, 76% of those asked said they didn’t know where they could buy a product that had been made by a person with disabilities, compared to 8% who did and 15% who weren’t really sure. If offered a choice of goods of equal price and quality, 47% would select the ones made by a disabled person. Of these, 53% were Moscow and St Petersburg residents, 52% of whom were women and 51% who were between 35 and 44 years of age.
49% of respondents don’t mind who makes the product, 57% of whom were residents of major cities with populations in excess of one million-strong. 55% were men and 62% between 18 and 24 years of age.
A third of those asked had purchased goods and services from disabled people in the past two to three years. According to 56% of respondents, this helps people with disabilities, with 37% who thought that it benefits an organisation to employ disabled people.
24% of respondents buy disabled people’s products out of compassion, with 15% just preferring the quality of their goods.
1,600 adults over the age of 18 took part in the survey.