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Pride and patriotism

This survey took place between November 24-28, 2017 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 137 localities of 48 of the country’s regions. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error of these studies for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed: 3.4% for indicators around 50%; 2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%; 2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%; 1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%.

ARE YOU PROUD TO LIVE IN RUSSIA?

  Mar. 06 Oct. 07 Oct. 08 Apr. 10 Oct. 13 Oct. 14 Apr. 15 May 16 Nov. 17
Yes 48 54 40 44 28 37 42 43 42
Fairly proud 35 32 43 40 42 49 41 39 41
Not particularly proud 9 8 9 9 17 5 8 8 8
No 4 3 3 2 5 2 3 2 2
It is difficult to say 4 3 5 6 8 8 6 7 6

ARE YOU PROUD OF RUSSIA IN ITS CURRENT STATE?

  Mar. 06 Oct. 07 Oct. 08 Apr. 10 Oct. 13 Oct. 14 Apr. 15 May 16 Nov. 17
Yes 19 27 22 18 13 22 27 28 24
Fairly proud 29 33 40 37 40 47 43 40 43
Not particularly proud 32 23 23 27 30 13 15 18 20
No 16 12 6 7 10 5 5 6 6
It is difficult to say 5 6 9 11 7 12 9 9 8

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN THINKING ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE? (respondents were presented with a card; multiple choice; ranked in descending order according to November 2017)

  Aug. 94 Mar. 99 Aug. 03 Aug. 08 Oct. 12 Jun. 15 Aug. 16 Nov. 17
Our past, our history 37 48 48 43 41 37 46 46
The place where I was born and grew up 41 35 43 39 43 41 40 39
Our land, the territory on which we live 25 26 32 34 34 44 42 38
Our natural surroundings 18 18 23 17 19 30 24 28
Great people within my ethnic group 10 14 14 14 16 20 21 23
My native language 19 17 19 23 25 25 21 21
Our military power 5 7 8 8 9 15 18 21
My people’s spiritual qualities 16 19 15 14 9 16 16 18
The state where I live 17 19 22 32 28 25 26 17
Our songs, holidays, and customs 17 19 16 14 13 17 12 14
The graves of and monuments to our people 9 7 7 7 6 10 9 12
Our religion, the faith of my forefathers 8 7 8 12 10 15 14 11
The flag, national coat of arms, and national anthem 2 3 4 8 8 9 10 9
Our ability to work hard and do business 6 10 7 6 5 8 11 9
Other 1 <1 1 1 <1 <1 <1 1
It is difficult to say 8 4 3 3 3 3 3 1

  Total sample Respondents who identify as ethnic Russians when asked about their ethnicity Respondents who identify as a different ethnicity
Our past, our history 46 49 32
The place where I was born and grew up 39 39 43
Our land, the territory on which we live 38 40 29
Our natural surroundings 28 30 22
Great people within my ethnic group 23 24 15
My native language 21 20 26
Our military power 21 21 19
My people’s spiritual qualities 18 19 14
The state where I live 17 18 14
Our songs, holidays, and customs 14 15 9
The graves of and monuments to our people 12 12 11
Our religion, the faith of my forefathers 11 10 14
The flag, national coat of arms, and national anthem 9 9 8
Our ability to work hard and do business 9 9 10
Other 1 1 1
It is difficult to say 1 1 2

*The structure of this kind of pan-Russian sample does not allow for analysis using ethnic identification factors other than “Russian” and “non-Russian” ethnic groups due to the limited number of Russian citizens in the sample who were not ethnically Russian. The non-Russian ethnic groups with the greatest degree of representation in the sample were North Caucasian peoples, Tatars and Bashkirs, and the peoples of the Volga Region.

PLEASE INDICATE WHICH STATEMENT IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING PAIRS OF STATEMENTS YOU AGREE WITH THE MOST:

  Apr. 92 Mar. 99 Aug. 08 Oct. 16 Nov. 17
Russia should maintain its role as a superpower 72 78 86 76 82
Russia does not need to claim to be a superpower 14 9 6 17 13
It is difficult to say 13 13 8 7 5

PLEASE INDICATE WHICH STATEMENT IN EACH OF THE FOLLOWING PAIRS OF STATEMENTS YOU AGREE WITH THE MOST:

  Apr. 92 Mar. 99 Oct. 16 Nov. 17
Russians are a great people who have a special place in world history 13 57 57 64
Russians are the same as other peoples 80 36 34 32
It is difficult to say 7 7 9 4

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

The ANO Levada Center has been forcibly included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents.  Read the Director of the Levada Center’s statement of disagreement with this decision here.

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