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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.