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Poll reveals Russians take pride in country’s symbols

August 21, 2017, 13:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The number of people who admire the country’s national symbols has been growing steadily over the past decade

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MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. Pride and admiration are the key emotions felt by most Russians when they see the country’s national symbols, and the number of people sharing this view has risen over the past ten years, a survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center in the run-up to Russian Flag Day showed on Monday.

Russia’s symbols

According to the survey, the country’s key symbols for Russians are the national flag, the state emblem and the national anthem. They were mentioned by 46% of those polled in 2017. In 2014, this figure was 57% and a year later - 40%.

The second most popular answer to the question "What is the personification of Russia for you?" in 2017, just as two years earlier, the answer was "the people, its unity and solidarity" (given by 8% of the respondents). The bear takes third place among Russia’s symbols, according to the pollster, mentioned by 6% of the respondents in both 2017 and 2015. Next on the list are the Motherland, "strength, power and greatness," along with the Kremlin and Red Square.

Pride and admiration

The main feelings our fellow countrymen get upon seeing the country’s national symbols are pride and admiration. The poll showed that this is precisely what 71% of the respondents feel when they see the Russian flag, 72% upon looking at the state emblem and 75% when they hear the Russian national anthem. At the same time, "the total share of the respondents who expressed negative emotions towards state symbols does not exceed 5%," the pollster said.

It is noteworthy that the number of those Russians who admire the country’s national symbols has been growing steadily over the past decade. For one, in 2006, the share of Russians who said they admired the Russian flag was 49%, yet by 2015 it had increased to 67%.

"Russians’ positive attitude towards state symbols is becoming more and more expressive," Mikhail Mamonov, Head of the pollster’s Political Analysis and Consulting Department, said commenting on the survey’s results. In his view, there has been a steady trend over the past three years, which is linked not only to events that occurred in spring 2014 but also to shifts in how Russians view their country.

"Over the past three years, Russia has been able not only to uphold its right to an independent foreign policy. It has been able to overcome numerous obstacles caused by Western countries’ actions against Russia. The country’s strength has evoked feelings of respect," the expert noted.

The poll was conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center on August 15-16, 2017, among Russians aged over 18 with 1,200 people interviewed over the phone. The margin of error holds a probability of 95% and does not exceed 3.5%.

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