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Russians expect national team to take most Olympic medals

February 05, 2014, 19:28 UTC+3 5

Russian National Public Opinion Studies Center (WCIOM) said about 73% of the respondents would watch the upcoming Olympics

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MOSCOW, February 5. /ITAR-TASS/. A recent opinion poll has found that most Russians are certain their country's national team will rank first by the number of medals won at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The pollster, Russian National Public Opinion Studies Center (WCIOM), said on Wednesday that about 73% of the respondents would watch the upcoming Olympics.

WCIOM statistics show that more than half of Russians (51%) expect the national team to take the biggest number of medals in the Olympic Games, followed by the national teams of China (8%), the United States (7%) and Germany (2%).

Sociologists say that women (54%), senior citizens (58%) and residents of big cities (59%) are most confident of Russia's success.

As for various sports contested in the Winter Olympics, most Russians believe that figure skaters stand the best chance to win gold. Every third respondent (34%) also expects medals from biathletes and every fourth respondent (28%) from the ice hockey team.

According to WCIOM, there is growing interest in sports among Russian citizens. While in February 2013, about 22% of those surveyed said they would not follow the Olympic Games, this year this number has fallen to 1% of the respondents.

The survey was conducted on February 1-2, 2014, when 1,600 men and women in 130 cities and villages in 42 Russian regions were interviewed. The margin of error stands at about 3%.

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