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|
|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|
|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|
|Possibility of war||29||41|
|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