Young Russians Are Friendly and Patriotic, Poll Shows

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The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) revealed research data on values of young Russian generation on June 27, when Russia celebrates the Youth Day.

“The most typical characteristics of young people in our country are sociability, accuracy, love for sports, activity and material values,” VTsIOM notes.

According to the opinion of more than 50% of respondents in all age groups, young people in Russia are law-abiding and have positive attitude towards the authorities.

Both young and elderly residents of the country noted the growth of patriotism among young people (by 52% in the group aged 18 to 24 years old, compared to 45% in 2014, and by 62% in the group aged 60 and older against 42% in 2014).

Respondents of these age groups also noticed the growing courage of youth (by 62% among the 18-24 year olds against 55% in 2014, by 60% against 46% among 60-year-olds) and friendliness (58% vs. 49% and 61% against 41%, respectively).

At the same time, 18-24-year-old Russians began to characterise themselves as more cynical, while 25-34-year-olds – as more aggressive people. The all-Russian telephone survey was conducted on June 20-21 among 1200 respondents.

Earlier, a poll carried out by the Russian Public Opinion Foundation showed that 78% of Russians of all ages consider themselves patriots.