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An ideal Russian family doesn't need love or personal happiness, poll shows

August 28, 2013, 13:41 UTC+3

Mutual understanding and well-being are key

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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Pavel Smertin

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Pavel Smertin

MOSCOW, August 28 (Itar-Tass) - The main sign of an ideal family in Russia is considered to  be mutual understanding and well-being of a family, according to the results of a public opinion poll conducted by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (WCIOM), which published its results on Wednesday.

Around 25% of respondents believe in mutual understanding and mutual respect as the main sign of an ideal family. Well-being and financial stability were named second in importance by 22% of the polled. The presence of a father, a mother and children in a family (a full family) closes the list of the important factors for a family to be considered an ideal one, said 17% of those interviewed.

Only 13% believe in love as the most important thing in a family; 11% of respondents said that the most important thing is happiness of every family member. 8% said that the presence of children in a family was the most important thing.

The younger the family is the more the partners believe in love, which, in their opinion, characterizes an ideal family, said 10% of respondents from an advanced-age group and 19% of the young people.

The older the respondents are, the more significance they attach to mutual understanding (from 17% to 31%).

At the same time, 19% of respondents found it difficult to characterize the ideal family.

The WCIOM poll was conducted in 130 towns in 42 districts, regions and republics of the Russian Federation on August 17-18, 2013 during which 1,600 respondents were interviewed. The statistical margin of error was no more than 3.4%.

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