More than half of Russian citizens keep their savings in rubles, follows from the results of a surveyconducted by the Russian center for public opinion studies (VTSIOM) in late October. On ruble savings was reported by 56% of respondents.
Only 4% of respondents told that they prefer to keep funds in dollars, 2% chose the Euro. 39% of respondents admitted that they have no savings.
Note that the share of Russians who keep money in rubles remained consistently high throughout the year. The maximum was recorded in July – then this was stated by 60%. In September of ruble savings was reported by 58% of respondents.
From the October poll also found that 56% of respondents are not interested in the dollar against the domestic currency. 43% said they follow the course, while 13% do so regularly. Higher than the average for the sample, this percentage among 18-24 year olds (49%), residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg (55%). In September was the lowest for the entire observation period, the interest of Russians to the information on the exchange rate (42%).
As marks VTSIOM, the Russians forecasts relative to the cost of the American currency in October, compared to September has changed slightly. Citizens who are watching the dollar and gave its Outlook for the three months/year in advance (30%/22%,), and in September named a price of 68 rubles., in October – 67 RUB (3 months) and 66 rubles (in a year).
Thus, in the short term, respondents expect a slight drop in the ruble against the dollar, however, in the long term it is expected the strengthening of the ruble. The actual course, according to the Central Bank, the last weekend in October amounted to 63 rubles per dollar.
“People’s expectations in relation to the dollar remained stable, the number of those interested by this rate gradually decreases. Some growth expectations weakening of the ruble is likely opportunistic in nature,” – said, commenting on the result, the expert polls Oleg chernozub.
The poll was conducted October 29-30, 2016, among 1.6 thousand people in 130 settlements of Russia.