Dmitry Medvedev's initiative on the transition to energy-saving lights is supported by 55 percent of Russians. This data is from a survey conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTIOM). The majority of residents endorsing the president were from the Urals (69 percent), residents of medium-sized cities (59%) and highly educated respondents (64 percent). A quarter of the respondents (25 percent) responded negatively to this initiative.
Those who favor the transition to energy-saving lights, argue, first of all, that they are more economical. The second leading reason — to save money. Among other reasons — the «obsolescence» of incandescent lights, a longer period of use for energy saving bulbs, the brightness of light and environmental friendliness.
Opponents do not approve of the refusal of incandescent lights, explaining their attitude is mainly due to the high price of energy saving lights (35 percent). Many of the respondents in this group believe that the new lights are harmful to health (20 percent).
According to the poll, most Russians recognize the importance of energy conservation: 38 percent believe that this is a priority task that requires an immediate solution, and 42 per cent say although regard it as a serious problem, but only in conditions of crisis, the idea is to focus on other more pressing issues.