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Feeling of national unity in Russia grows over two years — poll

October 31, 2014, 16:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Only 35% of Russians believe that there is no national unity in the country

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MOSCOW, October 31. /TASS/. The number of Russians who believe the country has a national unity has doubled in 2014 reaching 44% against 23% two years ago, a survey by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) showed on Friday.

Respondents with high education and supporters of the ruling United Russia Party mainly share this idea.

“Our fellow nationals (19%) say national identity is felt when people are able to unite in difficult moments,” the pollster said.

Only 35% of Russians believe that there is no national unity in the country, compared with 56% in 2012. Explaining their stance, one third of respondents (31%) said this means that everyone “thinks only about themselves.”

Russians still mark differences between various social groups, mainly between the rich and the poor (78%).

The opinion poll was conducted on October 25-26, 2014, with pollsters interviewing 1,600 people in 132 settlements in 45 regions and a margin of error of no more than 3.5%

The poll comes ahead of the National Unity Day, celebrated on November 4, which marks Russia’s liberation from Polish invaders in 1612. The holiday replaces the November 7 communist holiday celebrating the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution.

The number of Russians approving of the National Unity Day has risen 20% over the past 10 years, a survey by the Public Opinion Fund (FOM) showed on Thursday.

Infographics Vladimir Putin's approval rating in October

Vladimir Putin's approval rating in October

Russian President’s approval and disapproval rating over the first three weeks of October, 2014, according to Russia’s Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM). Infographics by TASS

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