This survey took place between December 15-20, 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%.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS OF 2017? (respondents provided the events themselves and could name more than one)

Dec. 17
1. The war in Syria/the withdrawal of troops from Syria/the fight against ISIS* 17
2. The doping scandals/allowing Russian athletes to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics under a neutral flag 6
3. Vladimir Putin entering the presidential race 3
4. The economic crisis/price increases/pension and wage decreases 3
5. Building the Crimean Bridge 3
6. The US elections/Trump 2
7. The sanctions against and isolation of Russia/the worsening of relations with the US and Europe 2
8. The conflict in Ukraine/the war in Ukraine/the war in Donbass 2
9. Regional events (building bridges, repairing roads, elections) 2
10-11. The 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution 2
10-11. North Korea’s nuclear tests/the conflict surrounding North Korea 2
Terrorist attacks around the world (including Russia)/terrorism 1
The fight agains corruption/Alexey Ulyukaev’s arrest/the replacement of regional leaders 1
Preparing for the World Cup/holding the FIFA Confederations Cup 1
Vladimir Putin’s public appearances/Putin’s press conference/Putin’s trip to Chelyabinsk/the “Green Files” 1
The death of Mikhail Zadornov, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and other famous people 1
Preparations for the 2018 elections 1
The extension of government maternity subsidies/passing a law on paying parents after the birth of their first child/pension indexing/decreasing mortgage rates 1
Environmental problems/natural disasters 1
The end of Russia’s crisis/low inflation/stability 1
Alexander Navalny’s protests/Navalny’s pre-election campaign/opposition protests 1
Eurovision being held in Ukraine/Russia not participating 1
The French presidential elections 1
Other events in Russia and around the world 6
Events in the respondent’s life 17
Nothing is happening/there are no significant events 6
No answer/it is difficult to say 32

*This organization is banned in Russia.

See the most important events of 2016, according to Russians, here.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST TV SERIES OF 2017? (the year in which the polling occurred is indicated; respondents provided the names of the year’s best TV series themselves)**

2017 2015 2013 2011
Tainy Sledstviya (Secrets of Investigation) 3 And Quiet Flows the Don 7 Svaty (In-laws) 4 Glukhar 7
Sled (Trace) 3 Tainy Sledstviya (Secrets of Investigation) 4 Interns 4 Interns 5
Serebryany Bor (Silver Pinewoods) 2 Sled (Trace) 3 Cop Wars 3 Svaty (In-laws) 4
Olga 2 Pregnancy Test 2 Sled (Trace) 3 Wedding Ring 3
Game of Thrones 2 Univer 2 The Voronins 3 Euphrosyne 3
Trotsky 1 Catherine the Great 2 Ottepel (The Thaw) 3 The Life and Adventures of Mishka Yaponchik 2
Junior League 1 Interns 2 The Magnificent Century 2 The Voronins 2
Cop Wars 1 Kitchen 2

Secrets of the Institute

for Noble Maidens

2 Univer 2
Hotel Eleon 1 Cops 1 Sherlock 2 Sled (Trace) 2
The Road to Calvary/Catherine the Great (each received 1.1%) 1 The Voronins 1 Univer 1 Liteyny  2

**The 10 most popular TV shows, each of which recieived more than 1% in December 2017, are included in the table.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST FEATURE FILM OF 2017 (NOT COUNTING TV SERIES)? (the year in which polling occurred is indicated; the respondents provided the names of the year’s best films themselves)***

2017 2015 2013 2011
Salyut-7 3 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 3 Stalingrad 7 Vysotsky. Thank You for Being Alive 10
Crimea 3 The Battle for Sevastopol 3 Yolki (also Six Degrees of Celebration) 1, 2, 3 4 Burnt By The Sun 2 3
Furious (also Legend of Kolovrat) 3 And Quiet Flows the Don 3 Legend No. 17 3 Avatar 2
Matilda 2 The Martian 1 Vysotsky. Thank You for Being Alive 1 Yolki (also Six Degrees of Celebration) 2
The Last Warrior 2 Leviathan 1 The Hobbit 1 Twilight 2
The Age of Pioneers (also Spacewalk) 2 The Dawns Here Are Quiet 1 Love in the Big City (also Lyubov v bolshom gorode,, No Love in the City) 1 The Admiral 1
Attraction 2 Ukraine 1 The Fast and the Furious 1 Faust 1
Star Wars 1 Fifty Shades of Grey 1 Kiss Them All! (also Gorko!) 1 Citadel 1
Flight Crew 1 Battalion 1 Moms (Mamy) 1 Three Meters Above Sea Level 1
Gogol. The Beginning 1 The Hunger Games 1 Avatar <1 Shadowboxing 3 1

The 10 most popular films, each of which received more than 0.6% in December 2017, are included in the table.

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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