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Western Lifestyle

This survey took place between 18 and 21 September 2015 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 800 people over the age of 18 in 134 localities of 46 of the country’s regions. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error of these studies does not exceed 4.1%.

TO WHAT DEGREE DO YOU CURRENTLY FEEL THAT YOUR VALUE SYSTEM AND SELF-IDENTITY ALIGN WITH THOSE OF WESTERN CULTURE?

Feb.93

Oct.08

Sept. 14

Sept. 15

I feel this way at all times

1

3

2

2

This is fairly important to me

5

7

12

10

This is not very important to me

16

32

37

28

I don’t feel this at all

50

54

43

53

It is difficult to say

28

5

6

7

OVERALL, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE “WESTERN LIFESTYLE”: POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY?

Oct.08

Sept. 14

Sept.

15

Positively

46

34

30

Negatively

30

42

45

It is difficult to say

25

25

25

IF YOU COULD, WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE WEST?

Oct.08

Sept. 14

Sept. 15

Definitely yes

6

4

5

Probably yes

18

14

18

Probably no

30

34

30

Definitely no

37

36

36

It is difficult to say

9

12

11

WHAT PRIMARILY MAKES YOU THINK THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE WEST?

Oct.08

Sept. 14

Sept.15

Better living conditions, comfortable living abroad

25

20

20

The desire to provide children with a better, more hopeful future

17

19

15

Better self-realization and career opportunities, more reliable work abroad

15

14

14

Better guarantees of good health care and  retirement benefits abroad

13

14

14

Poor work and business conditions in Russia

16

14

13

Lack of protection from arbitrariness of authorities and bureaucrats in Russia

16

15

10

Threat of political and economic destabilization in Russia

9

6

9

Free country with rule of law where rights and freedom are protected

10

5

7

Greater environmental awareness, unpolluted environment abroad

7

6

7

Crime, terrorism, other threats to life in Russia

11

7

6

Russia’s current political system

4

4

4

Other

1

1

1

Nothing attracts me to life and work in the West

36

43

44

It is difficult to say

12

8

6

ARE YOU MORE OR LESS FLUENT IN AT LEAST ONE FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

Nov.95

Jul.08

Sept.11

Sept.12

Sept.14

Sept.15

Yes

10

15

14

9

16

14

No

89

84

86

91

84

86

No answer

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<1

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1

1

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DO YOU VACATION ABROAD, AND, IF SO, HOW OFTEN?

Jul.08

Sept.11

Sept.12

Sept.14

Sept.15

Twice a year or more

2

1

1

2

2

Once a year

4

5

5

9

7

Once every two years

3

4

4

6

4

Rarely

9

9

9

14

13

Never

82

78

78

68

71

It is difficult to say

2

4

4

2

3

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO ABROAD…

Sept.11

Sept.14

Sept.15

to work

Definitely yes

10

5

6

Probably yes

18

16

15

Probably no

24

23

20

Definitely no

45

51

53

It is difficult to say

5

7

6

for school

Definitely yes

7

3

6

Probably yes

10

12

10

Probably no

29

23

21

Definitely no

51

56

58

It is difficult to say

4

6

6

to live permanently

Definitely yes

7

3

6

Probably yes

11

8

5

Probably no

25

24

20

Definitely no

51

58

61

It is difficult to say

6

8

9

 Answer distribution based on respondent demographics

 

Total

Foreign languages

Travel and vacation abroad

Education

Age

Yes

No

Often

Rarely

not at all

Higher

Secondary

Below secondary

18-29

30-39

N

808

116

691

105

680

242

408

159

216

126

OVERALL, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE WESTERN LIFESTYLE:

POSITIVELY OR NEGATIVELY?

Positively

30

46

28

57

26

40

25

29

40

38

Negatively

45

38

46

31

47

33

52

45

35

36

It is difficult to say

25

17

27

12

26

27

23

26

25

26

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO ABROAD TO WORK?

Definitely yes

6

15

5

14

5

7

6

4

15

5

Probably yes

15

20

14

29

13

20

13

11

23

21

Probably not

20

26

19

26

20

26

18

17

24

30

Definitely not

53

30

57

30

58

42

56

65

27

40

It is difficult to say

6

11

5

2

5

6

7

3

10

4

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO ABROAD FOR SCHOOL?

Definitely yes

6

15

5

12

5

6

7

4

18

4

Probably yes

10

12

9

11

9

9

10

9

17

13

Probably no

21

26

20

33

19

28

18

18

26

31

Definitely no

58

36

61

41

61

50

59

67

30

45

It is difficult to say

6

12

5

3

5

6

7

2

10

6

WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO ABROAD TO LIVE PERMANENTLY?

Definitely yes

6

13

4

13

5

7

5

4

14

3

Probably yes

5

7

5

11

4

5

6

3

7

8

Probably no

20

21

19

25

19

25

17

18

24

32

Definitely no

61

44

64

45

65

51

63

72

39

53

It is difficult to say

9

15

8

6

8

12

9

4

16

4

Translated by Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly  Monterey Institute of International Studies).