Tag Archive for Polls

Most Russians Support McDonald’s Closures, Poll Says

File Photo of Russian McDbnald's Crew with U.S. Diplomat

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – April 15, 2014) Liberal Democrat Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s call to close all McDonald’s restaurants in Russia received a lot of media attention, and a recent poll shows that most Russians would be glad to see the back of the fast food chain. Sixty-two percent of respondents support the closure

Russians polled on what democracy is

Arm and Torso of Person in Brown Sweater Placing Paper Ballot into Ballot Box

(Interfax – Moscow, April 3, 2014) About half of Russians (46 per cent) think that the country is a democracy, while last year 38 per cent thought so, sociologists from the Levada Centre have told Interfax. According to the results of their survey, 32 per cent of Russians, the same number as in 2013, think

25% of Russians Think Government Is Corrupt, Poll Says

Cropped File Photo of Two Men in Business Suits Shaking Hands and Passing Cash

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – April 2, 2014) One in four Russians think that the current government is corrupt and self-serving, while about one in eight have nothing bad to say whatsoever about the administration, a recent poll indicates. The most common complaint of the government, selected by 41 percent of those questioned, is its

Most Russians Would Back Kremlin In Case of War With Ukraine, Poll Says

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – March 31, 2014) Almost a quarter of Russians think war with Ukraine is likely and three out of four Russians would support their government if such a war were to break out, a recent poll showed. Thirty-six percent of Russians said they would “definitely” back Moscow in

Russian president’s job approval rating stands at over 80 percent – VTsIOM

File Photo of Vladimir Putin Seated at Desk

(Interfax/Russia Beyond the Headlines – March 27, 2014) The job approval rating of Russian President Vladimir Putin has grown to 82.3 percent from 75.7 percent a week ago, sociologists of the All Russian Center for Public Opinion Studies (VTsIOM) have said following a recent public opinion survey. The sociologists have explained this result primarily by

Interfax: Most Russians were impressed by Putin’s speech on joining Crimea – poll

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

MOSCOW. March 26 (Interfax) – An overwhelming majority of Russians (87%) know that Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an address on the joining of Crimea to Russia on March 18, and 66% of them said they were impressed by it, shows a poll conducted by the Public Opinion Foundation. The poll, which surveys 1,500 respondents

Interfax: Russians support Crimean accession to Russia – poll

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

MOSCOW. March 24 (Interfax) – An overwhelming majority of Russians (93%) support Crimea’s accession to Russia and only 4% have a negative opinion, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said. In the opinion of 89% of Russians, Crimea means Russia. Some 65% of people who share this opinion say that Crimea is a historically

Russians fear possible civil war in Ukraine – poll

Russian Naval Vessel in Ukrainian Port

(Interfax – March 14, 2014) Sixty-eight percent of Russian citizens interviewed by the All Russian Center for Public Opinion Studies (VTsIOM) in March said tensions were mounting in Ukraine. Twenty-two percent of respondents believe that the situation in Ukraine has not changed either for better or worse, and 7 percent have suggested that the situation

Putin’s Approval Rating Rises Amid Crimean Secession Debate – RIA Novosti

Kremlin and Moscow Environs Aerial View

MOSCOW, March 12 (RIA Novosti) – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating has risen 5 percent in the past week amid the ongoing crisis over the Crimean parliament’s plan to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, according to a survey published Wednesday by a state-run pollster. According to the Public Opinion Foundation, 53 percent of

Interfax: Interests of ethnic Russians in Crimea should be protected better – poll

Russian Naval Vessel in Ukrainian Port

(Interfax – March 6, 2014) Most Russian citizens believe that their country should actively protect the interests of ethnic Russians in Crimea, the head of the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), Valeriy Fedorov, has said. He was speaking at an Open Tribune session in the State Duma on 6 March, as reported by privately-owned

Russians Increasingly Nostalgic for Soviet System, Poll Finds

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, February 27, 2014) An increasing share of Russians say they are nostalgic for the Soviet system with the number indicating that they support for democracy and free markets or the political system they now live under has fallen in recent years, according to the results of a

UKRAINE ONLINE POLL: What would be Ukraine’s best course to follow?

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[poll originally posted in late 2013] We would like to hear your opinion about unfolding events in Ukraine and welcome your participation in the following poll. Visitors can vote for up to three choices, and generally can vote once each day.  There also as an option to “fill in the blank.” After you have made

BNE: Russians say protests harm Ukraine – poll

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – February 20, 2014) Two-thirds of Russians (63%) believe that protest rallies are harmful for Ukraine’s development, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said. It polled 1,600 adults in 130 populated areas in 42 regions on February 1-2. Negative implications were mostly mentioned by elder citizens (73%) and people

RIA Novosti: Russians Consider Their Country Free, Developed, Rich – Poll

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MOSCOW, February 19 (RIA Novosti) – The majority of Russians believe their country is developed, rich and free, according to a survey published by a state-run pollster Wednesday. Fifty-seven percent of respondents told the Public Opinion Foundation that their country is developed, 58 percent described it as rich and 60 percent said they live in

RIA Novosti: Poll Reveals Widespread Intolerance for Gays in Russia

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MOSCOW, February 15 (RIA Novosti) – The vast majority of Russians find same-sex relationships unacceptable, according to a survey published Friday by a state-run pollster. VTsIOM found in its poll that lesbian couples were deemed inappropriate by 78 percent of respondents, with only 3 percent answering that relationships between two women were normal. Relationships between

RIA Novosti: Russians Unwilling to See Their First Love Again – Poll

Cartoon Hearts Spelling L O V E

MOSCOW, February 14 (RIA Novosti) – Most Russians remember their first love but only 13 percent would like to meet up with that person again, a poll conducted ahead of St. Valentine’s Day showed. Eighty-five percent of adult Russians said they had fallen in love, while nine percent of Russians said they have never lost

RIA Novosti: Americans’ Opinions of Russia, Putin Hit 20-Year Low – Poll

Stylized Russian and U.S. Flags with Number 200, 1807-2007

WASHINGTON, February 13 (RIA Novosti) – With the eyes of the world trained on the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Americans’ opinions of Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin have reached their lowest point in 20 years, according to a survey released Thursday by the US pollster Gallup. Both Putin and Russia registered their highest “unfavorable”

Business New Europe: VTsIOM Poll: Russians appalled by aggressive behavior of Maidan activists

Map of Western CIS/FSU and European Environs

(Business New Europe – bne.eu – February 14, 2014) Russians disapprove of Ukrainian protesters who cast stones and bottles of incendiary liquid at the police, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said. 55% of the respondents condemned the aggressive behavior of Ukrainian demonstrators; 26% admitted their dislike for radically minded Ukrainian opposition activists; 15%

Poll shows most Russians support Yanukovych in Ukrainian standoff

Viktor Yanukovych file photo

(Business New Europe – bne.eu – February 12, 2014) 28% support President Viktor Yanukovych in the Ukrainian standoff and only 6% side with the opposition, the Public Opinion Foundation said after having polled 1,000 people in 320 cities and 160 villages on February 1-2. Some 36% denied supporting either of the conflicting sides. A total

Interfax: Russians doubt Oboronservice suspects will stand trial – poll

Anatoliy Serdyukov file photo

MOSCOW. Feb 12 (Interfax) – Most Russians (74%) see no serious chance to investigate corruption at Oboronservice, Levada Center sociologists said. Some 41% of 1,603 respondents polled in 45 regions on January 24-27 presumed that Oboronservice and similar cases would be soft-pedaled. A third (33%) said scapegoats would be punished and senior officials would skip

Dry the rain: the disgraceful hounding of Dozhd TV

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Natalia Antonova – January 31, 2014) The scandal surrounding the independent Dozhd TV channel has so far progressed in a predictable and chilling fashion: Media organization does something that many people find to be tactless and/or offensive, said people express their dismay, the media organization apologizes… and then surrealism begins

Interfax: Poll shows 65% of Russians approve Putin’s performance – poll

File Photo of Vladimir Putin Sitting at Desk

MOSCOW. Jan 30 (Interfax) – As many as 65% of Russians praised Vladimir Putin’s performance as president in January, which is as many as was in December 2013, the Levada Center sociological service told Interfax on Thursday in summing up outcomes of a nationwide poll of 1,603 Russians it conducted in 130 communities in 45

What public opinion polls tell us about Russians

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Anastasiya Maltseva, special to RBTH – January 29, 2014) Recent polls show that Russians value family first and look cautiously at the West. But well over half of the population will follow the Sochi Olympics. For Russians, family is what matters most. Most Russians hope for the better

Individual Rights Increasingly Valued by Russians, Poll Shows

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Anna Dolgov – January 29, 2014) The majority of Russians think that individual rights need to be protected even if they contradict the interests of the state, with political rights growing increasingly important in the nation’s perception, a recent poll has shown. About 46 percent of Russians think that people

Russians not ready to sacrifice their rights for sake of state interests – poll

Kremlin and St. Basil's

(Interfax – January 28, 2014) Most Russians place the rights of a person above the interests of the state, however they continue to count on the state taking care of its citizens, the Levada Center said about the poll held in December 2013 in 130 cities, towns and villages in 45 Russian regions and involving

RIA Novosti: Two-Fifths of Russians Uncertain Over Need for Ukraine Loan

Ukraine Map and Flag

(RIA Novosti – January 27, 2014) Around two-fifths of Russians have no idea why their government has committed to lending crisis-hit Ukraine $15 billion in taxpayer money, a survey has revealed. The loan announced in a surprise move late last year was designed to steer debt-strapped Ukraine through a potentially devastating looming balance of payments

Why Russia Is No. 1 in Anti-Americanism

File Photo of Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama Seated Before Russian and U.S. Flags

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Michael Bohm, Opinion Page Editor – January 24, 2014) Kremlin propagandists have good reason to be happy with the results of a recently released annual Win/Gallup International poll in which more than 67,000 residents in 65 countries were asked, “Who is the greatest threat to world peace?” Given Russia’s results,

RIA Novosti: Russians Doubt Authorities Can Protect Them From Terrorists

Kremlin and St. Basil's file photo

MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) ­ After last year’s explosions in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, the majority of Russians doubt that the authorities can protect them from new terrorist attacks, an independent pollster said Tuesday. According to a poll conducted by Levada Center, only 29 percent of Russians are convinced that the authorities

Interfax: Russians aware of loan to Ukraine, say it can preserve friendship – poll

Ukraine Map and Flag

(Interfax – January 22, 2014) An overwhelming majority of Russians (76 percent) know about Moscow’s decision to give a loan to Ukraine and to cut natural gas prices, the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) said referring to a January poll held in 42 regions. Most respondents explained the decisions of Moscow with the wish

Interfax: Almost 80% of Russians see solution for terrorism in liquidating terrorists – poll

Kremlin and Saint Basil's

MOSCOW. Jan 21 (Interfax) – A total of 78% of Russian citizens think that the issues of terrorism should be resolved solely by liquidating terrorists, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research center (VTsIOM) said, citing a poll held in January. In 2002, 70% of respondents shared this stance. Only 15% of Russians think that it is

More Than Half of Russians Against Anti-Putin Slogans, Poll Says

Kremlin and St. Basil's

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – January 17, 2014) More than half of Russians do not support slogans directed against President Vladimir Putin, a Levada Center poll shows. Twenty-four percent said they always disapprove of slogans like “Putin must go!” and “Russia without Putin!,” and 32 percent said they were more likely not to support them,

Belarusians Want to Join EU Rather than Russia, Poll Shows

Belarus Map

(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, January 3, 2013) Ukrainians and Moldovans are not the only nations between Moscow and the European Union who would prefer to be part of the EU than any Moscow-dominated entity and certainly don’t want their country to be absorbed by the Russian Federation.  A new poll shows

Putin named person of the year in Levada Center sociological survey

File Photo of Vladimir Putin Speaking At All-Russia Popular Front Gathering

(Interfax – December 28, 2013) As many as 26 percent of Russians interviewed by the Levada Center sociological service have once again described Russian President Vladimir Putin as the person of the year in a December 2013 poll. Putin has been found the person of the year in all polls conducted by the Levada Center

Nearly half of Russians welcome amnesty – poll

Russian Jail File Photo Showing Outer Wall, Windows, Barbed Wire

(Interfax – December 27, 2013) Almost half of Russians (46 per cent) welcome a recent amnesty and about a third (31 per cent) think it is unnecessary, Russian Interfax news agency reported on 27 December, quoting an opinion poll carried out in December. On 18 December the Russian State Duma announced an amnesty in connection

Interfax: Share of Russians supporting Duma’s independence growing – poll

Russian State Duma Building file photo

MOSCOW. Dec 26 (Interfax) – The number of Russians convinced that the State Duma should make decisions independently of the president’s opinion has exceeded the number of those believing that the Duma should support the president in all of his undertakings for the first time since 2000, the Public Opinion Foundation found based on a

Putin’s popularity falls by 10 per cent in 2013 – poll

File Photo of Vladimir Putin at Valdai Club 2013 Meeting, Adapted from Screenshot of Valdai Club Video at youtube.com

(RIA Novosti – December 26, 2013) Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity has fallen in 2013 but he is still the most popular politician in Russia, Russian RIA Novosti reported, quoting the results of a public opinion poll.[1] According to a poll carried out by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) in December, 44 per

Savings of ordinary Russians not growing – poll

File Photo of Cash, Coins, Line Graph

MOSCOW. Dec 26 (Interfax) – Most Russians do not have any savings and, therefore, are not concerned about ways to preserve them; as for those who have bank deposits, they try to minimize their risks by splitting their deposits, having deposits in different banks, and collecting information about various lending institutions, the VTsIOM sociological survey

RIA Novosti: Nearly Half of Russians Approve Khodorkovsky Pardon

Mikhail Khodorkovsky file photo

MOSCOW, December 26 (RIA Novosti) ­ Almost half of Russians support their president’s decision to pardon jailed former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, an independent pollster said on Thursday. Levada Center said 14 percent of respondents said they “definitely approve of” the move, while 33 percent said they “mostly approve of” it. Only five percent said they

Number of Orthodox Christians, Muslims grows in Russia, 19% are nonbelievers – poll

File Photo of Russian Orthodox Cathedral with Man in Religious Garb in Foreground

Moscow, December 24, Interfax – Orthodox Christianity is the dominant religion in Russia (68%) and 7% of the country’s population is Muslim. No more than 1% of residents define themselves as Catholics, Protestants, Judaists and others, Levada Center said. There were 50% of Orthodox Christians and 4% of Muslims in the country a decade ago,

RIA Novosti: Russians Do Not Trust Each Other – Report

Kremlin and St. Basil's file photo

MOSCOW, December 20 (RIA Novosti) ­ More than two-thirds of Russians do not trust other people, the Russian Public Chamber said in its annual civil society report Friday. “The level of trust between people in Russia remains low at present. More than two-thirds of Russians believe that you should be cautious in relations with others

RIA Novosti: Two Out of Three Russians Uninterested in Politics – Survey

Arm and Torso of Person in Brown Sweater Placing Paper Ballot into Ballot Box

MOSCOW, December 17 (RIA Novosti) ­ Only one percent of Russians are actively interested in politics, according to an opinion poll. Some 26 percent say that they have no interest in politics at all. Another 41 percent describe themselves as “rather uninterested” in politics, the survey by the independent Levada Center found. Only 28 percent

Interfax: Russians stand for collecting intelligence worldwide – poll

Stylized Artis Depiction of Shadowy Figures in Dark Coats and Dark Hats, One Carrying a Briefcase

MOSCOW. Dec 13 (Interfax) – Russians are certain that foreign security services are spying in their home country and support the proportionate actions of domestic security services on a global scale. Two-thirds of Russians (66%) believe that domestic security services should collect intelligence information in other countries: tap conversations, read correspondence and obtain classified materials.

Interfax: Joint Poll Highlights Russians’, Americans’ Stereotypical Views of One Another

Stylized Russian and U.S. Flags with Number 200, 1807-2007

MOSCOW. Dec 11 (Interfax) – Americans continue to conceive of Russia in the context of the Cold War and communism, and Russians mostly associate the United States with aggression and the dollar, specialists from the Romir Holding, which held a joint poll with the U.S. Leger Market Research in the fall, told Interfax on Wednesday.

Russians call waste dumps, litter worst ecological problem – poll

Russian Landfill; adapted from image at epa.gov

MOSCOW. Dec 9 (Interfax) – Household waste is the biggest environmental danger in the eyes of 58% of Russians. Half of the respondents polled by the Russian Public Opinion Study Center (VTsIOM) put the blame on transportation vehicles and 49% criticized industrial waste. Litter and household waste equally bother people in Moscow, St. Petersburg and

Interfax: Most Russians say tensions remain in North Caucasus – poll

Map of Chechnya and Environs

MOSCOW. Dec 4 (Interfax) – Russians think that the North Caucasian situation remains tense and do not expect stabilization of the situation soon, Levada Center told Interfax. Only 17% of the respondents claim that the North Caucasus is calm and prosperous, and 63% say there are tensions. Ten percent of 1,603 respondents polled in 130

Toward a Tipping Point? ‘Already’ One Russian in Three Doesn’t Back Putin

Kremlin and St. Basil's

(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, December 4, 2013) Polls not only reflect public opinion but help structure it as articles in the Moscow media this week about how the Kremlin and other power structures use them to promote their particular interests (novayagazeta.ru/columns/61233.html and km.ru/economics/2013/12/03/gazprom/726708-loyalnye-i-neloyalnye-vlasti-eksperty-komu-verit). That has left Russians and other observers of

Interfax: Russians note influence of Putin on processes happening in Russia – poll

Kremlin and St. Basil's

(Interfax – December 3, 2013) Positive assessments of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s activities outweigh negative ones and Russian citizens note his considerable influence on the processes unfolding in the country and are ready to vote for him, sociologists said. Fifty-two percent of Russians have a favorable impression of Putin’s activities, 29 percent are displeased with

RIA Novosti: Poll Showing Falling Support for Putin Questioned by Pro-Kremlin Pundit

Kremlin and Moscow Environs Aerial View

MOSCOW, December 3 (RIA Novosti) ­ An independent poll released Tuesday showed that one-third of Russians do not support Vladimir Putin’s actions as president, but the findings have been roundly criticized as unreliable by an influential pro-Kremlin political analyst. Steadily improving economic conditions and political stability have ensured Putin broad favor among Russians over the

Interfax: Russians still trust president, church the most – poll


MOSCOW. Dec 3 (Interfax) – The president and the Orthodox Church are still the most trusted institutions and structures in Russia. Over 60% of the respondents surveyed in an express poll conducted by Romir in November said they “fully trust” or “tend to trust” the rating leaders. The poll surveyed 500 respondents aged from 18

Down with the Duma: Russians support rule by presidential decree

Russian Duma Building

(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Marina Obrazkova, RBTH – December 2, 2013) A recent poll revealed the population’s negative attitude towards the lower house, with many said to be in favor of its abolition. According to a poll by the Levada Center, the majority of Russians oppose the work of the current State

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