bne:Chart - Russians bullishly patriotic but resigned to democratic deficit

By bne IntelliNews December 4, 2014

Henry Kirby in London -


A recent poll by Russia’s Levada Center has shown that the majority of Russians are resigned to having little in the way of democratic freedoms despite feelings of national pride being overwhelmingly high.

As the bne:Chart shows, when asked if they believe they can “personally influence political and economic life” in Russia, 67% of respondents either completely or mostly disagreed with the statement. In spite of this, 69% said that they feel “free” living in Russian society.

The results of the poll paint a confused picture, with respondents seemingly willing to live without much sway over the running of their country, while registering emphatically nationalistic responses to other questions.

When asked if people should support their country even when it is in the wrong, exactly 50% of respondents said they should, and 64% of those polled believe that Russia is “better than the majority of countries."


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