More than half of Russian citizens believe that they live in ecologically unfavorable and even close to catastrophic conditions, according to a survey conducted polls and Natural Resources Ministry.
The study was conducted in December 2010, the survey involved 1.6 thousand individuals living in 42 Russian regions.
According to the survey, 56% of respondents believe that the environmental situation in their territories unfavorable, with 11% of them assessed the situation as "very bad and close to catastrophic." Positive about the state of the environment 41%.
In May 2010, the results of a similar study showed that the environment as unfavorable estimated 50% of respondents, and 14% — as a "near collapse", and the situation is considered safe 34%.
In this environment the least satisfied residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg (23% of respondents gave a positive assessment), and the residents of small towns and villages with a population of less than 100,000 people view the situation more positively: 50% believe that the environmental conditions in their places of residence safe.
Worst ecological situation assess residents Volga (63%), Siberian (59%) and Central (58%) federal districts. Best of all — the Urals and North-West districts: 54% of respondents in these regions to assess the environmental situation as "generally successful" and "rather well."
Responding to a question about how to change the environmental situation in the past five years, and the positive changes reported 9%, no change is seen 47% of respondents, while 39% reported deterioration.