Russian citizens mostly happy – FOM poll

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, April 25, 2013) Russians are mostly happy with their lives, especially those living in Tyva, Dagestan, Adygea and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, the poll held by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) showed.

The poll was carried out in 2,220 settlements in 79 Russian regions among 56,900 respondents.

A total of 73% Russians consider themselves happy. The following groups of respondents are the most optimistic: students (88%), executives and people with income of over 25,000 rubles (84% each), young people aged 18-30 (83%) and those who do not work and do not plan to look for a job (80%). Fourteen percent of respondents said they were unhappy, firstly one in five of those, who voted for Leader of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov personally or his party in general (21% each) and people over 60 years old and unemployed pensioners (21% each). Thirteen percent said they could not give an emotional evaluation to their lives.

The FOM poll showed that Tyva had 86% of people enjoying life and Dagestan, Adygea and the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District had 85% each. A total of 81% respondents in Moscow said they were happy, 80% in Bashkortostan, 79% each in the Oryol, Penza regions and Khakasia and 78% in the Primorye territory.

The poll showed 26% of respondents in the Ivanovo region were unhappy, 25% each in Mordovia and the Jewish Autonomous region, 23% each in the Kursk and Irkutsk regions, 21% each in the Altai territory, Kalmykia, the Ryazan and Yaroslav regions and 20% in the Stavropol territory.