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Only 30% of Russians approve of the idea of prolongation of the New Year holidays
Russians seem to be tired of long New Year holidays. Only 30% of Russians approve of the idea of prolongation of the New Year holidays. [In compliance with last year's law January 1-5 were made days-off. The law canceled days-off on May 2 and December 12. With account for Christmas and transfer of days-off on Saturday and Sunday, Russians had eleven-day New Year holidays. However, 60% of Russians do not approve of this novelty]. These are the results of a representative poll of 1,600 Russians conducted on January 21-24, 2005 in 128 settlements of 46 Russian regions. Statistical error does not exceed 3%. Russians were much more enthusiastic when this bill was under consideration. According to the poll conducted by the Levada Center in November, 50% of Russians approved of the bill and 43% disapproved. According to the January poll, the overwhelming majority of Russians spent the New Year holidays at home - 44% watched TV and 33% worked about the house. 32% of the polled paid visits or received guests, 16% spent much time with children, 13% enjoyed local entertainments, 6% were sick, 6% visited their relatives or friends in some other town or region, 3% spent some days in the country, 2% went to a vacation center or on a journey across Russia, 2% visited their friends or relatives in the CIS and Baltic states and less than 1% spent their holidays at Russian or foreign resorts. The remaining 16% of Russians worked on these days.
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