68% of Russian citizens consider Russia a superpower

The survey took place between 21 and 24 November 2014 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600 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 3.4%.

WHAT, IN YOUR OPINION, MAKES A COUNTRY A “SUPERPOWER”?

 

Mar. 99

July 08

Sept. 12

Nov. 14

The high standard of living of its citizens

63

66

61

60

Economic and industrial potential of the country

64

57

55

60

Military might, including nuclear missiles

30

37

44

44

Great culture, science, and art

31

31

27

23

A wealth of natural resources

14

19

21

20

Respect and authority in the world

35

24

19

19

The size of the country

4

8

10

16

Freedom and civil rights

15

16

17

13

A heroic past

7

10

10

13

The size of the population

2

5

5

6

Other

1

1

1

1

It is difficult to say

4

2

2

2

DO YOU CONSIDER CURRENTLY RUSSIA TO BE A SUPERPOWER?

 

Mar. 94

July 08

Sept. 12

Nov. 14

Yes

14

49

48

68

No

72

31

37

19

It is difficult to say

13

20

15

12

IN WHICH COUNTRY WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE: A COUNTRY WITH SOCIAL EQUALITY OR A COUNTRY WHERE YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVE YOURSELF AND ATTAIN A MORE SUCCESSFUL LIFE?

 

Apr. 00

Nov. 14

Definitely the first

36

26

Probably the first

23

35

Probably the second

25

26

Definitely the second

10

10

It is difficult to say

6

5

IN WHICH COUNTRY WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE: ONE THAT PRIMARILY GUARANTEES YOUR MATERIAL NEEDS OR ONE THAT GUARANTEES PEOPLES’ SPIRITUAL AND CULTURAL NEEDS?

 

Nov. 14

Definitely the first

19

Probably the first

39

Probably the second

24

Definitely the second

6

It is difficult to say

11

IN WHICH COUNTRY WOULD YOU RATHER LIVE: A LARGE COUNTRY THAT IS RESPECTED AND SOMETIMES FEARED BY OTHER COUNTRIES OR A SMALL, COMFORTABLE AND NON-THREATENING COUNTRY?

 

Apr. 00

Feb. 08

June 09

Nov. 14

Definitely the first

34

46

15

29

Probably the first

29

29

20

36

Probably the second

20

13

40

21

Definitely the second

7

6

18

6

It is difficult to say

10

6

7

9

WOULD YOU PREFER THAT RUSSIA TODAY FOCUS ITS EFFORTS ON BUILDING ITS MILITARY STRENGTH OR ON ACHIEVING A HIGH STANDARD OF LIVING FOR ITS CITIZENS?

 

Nov. 99

Nov. 14

I would prefer that Russia’s efforts were focused on building military strength

21

20

I would prefer that Russia’s efforts were focused on achieving a high level of living for its citizens

64

73

It is difficult to say

16

7

WITH WHICH OF THESE OPINIONS DO YOU MOST AGREE?

 

Nov. 99

Nov. 14

Russia will become a prosperous country only by differentiating itself from the West and taking a different path from the West

72

77

Russia will become a prosperous country only if it follows the same path as that chosen by western countries

16

12

It is difficult to say

13

10

IS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU WHAT THE WEST THINKS ABOUT RUSSIA?

 

Oct. 99

Dec. 07

Nov. 14

Definitely yes

17

18

11

Probably yes

26

36

35

Probably no

31

28

33

Definitely no

16

12

17

It is difficult to say

11

6

4

WHAT KIND OF POLICIES REGARDING RUSSIA’S RELATIONS WITH THE WEST WOULD YOU SUPPORT?

 

Apr .99

Mar. 00

Nov. 14

A further expansion of economic, political, and cultural ties and relations, rapprochement with the West

67

76

57

A curtailing of ties and relations with the West, alienation from the West

16

14

30

It is difficult to say

17

11

14

Translated by the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.