Levada On What Russians Are Most Proud Of and Worried About

Interestings results of a September 2015-October 2015 national, multiple-choice polls conducted by Russia’s leading independent pollster, Levada Center, on what Russians are most proud and scared of. 30+% Russians are most proud about their country’s natural resources,  history and armed forces, whereas less than 15% are proud of Russian science and only 4% are proud of Russian economy's performance, which may be a reflection  of Russians’ lack of confidence in modernization record/and or prospects of their country.  40+% of Russians worry about possibility of unemployment, war and economic crisis. Strangely, Levada didn’t even bother to ask about terrorism, which, Russia has suffered a great deal from in the past, and which tops Americans’ list of concerns.

What is it about Russia that you feel most proud about?

%/Oct.2014 %/March 2015 %/ Oct.2015
Russia’s natural resources 40 41 39
Russian history 39 43 38
Armed forces 24 24 35
Russian culture 30 34 30
Russia’s standing on the international arena 26 24 30
Achievements in sports 33 32 29
Size of the country 28 31 26
Contemporary achievements of the Russian science 16 15 14
Fellow citizens 8 7 9
Economic successes 6 5 4
Russian system of education 6 6 4
Russian system of healthcare 2 2 2
None of the above 3 3 6
Difficult to say 3 3 3

Could not find an American equivalent of this poll, but did find the following: 81% of American respondents of a July 2015 Gallup poll said they were proud of being American.

Do you worry about Russia’s future? If so, what do you feel most worried about?

%/January 1991 %/September 2015
Unemployment 26 42
Possibility of war 29 41
Economic crisis 59 40
Crime 65 24
Bad ecology 48 16
Inter-ethnic conflicts 35 15
Political chaos 41 14
International isolation 6 12
Natural disasters 7 9
Religious conflicts 3 6
Other 4 2
Future of Russia doesn’t invoke the feeling of worry in me <1 11
I don’t care about the future of Russia whatever it is 1 3
Difficult to say <1 5

Compare with Gallup’s polling of Americans’ top concerns, topped by terrorism: http://www.gallup.com/poll/182018/worries-terrorism-race-relations-sharply.aspx

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