Happy Days continued

Following its recent happiness survey the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre, VTsIOM (Vserossiiskii Tsentr Izucheniia Obshchestvennogo Mneniia) has today issued the results of its latest poll, which asks respondents to say how satisfied they are with the situation in the country as a whole and in their own lives more specifically.

The index provided by VTsIOM at the bottom of the tables below subtracts the percentage of people who think that the situation is bad or terrible from the percentage who think that it is outstanding, good, or just ok, to produce an overall measure of how many people are positively inclined. As you can see, more people than ever before – 70% – are satisfied with the situation in the country, an increase of 32% over one year ago, and double the total two years ago. Meanwhile, 81% are satisfied with their own lives.

There are many in the West who hope that the war in Ukraine, economic sanctions, and Russia’s current economic difficulties, will cause the Russian people to become discontented with their government. This in due course will induce them either to change the government or to force the government to change its policies. The VTsIOM survey shows that these hopes are misguided. Far from being discontented with their lot, Russians are happier with their country than ever before.

In general how do you evaluate the situation in the country?
  03.10 01.11 03.12 03.13 03. 14 01.15 02.15 03.15
Outstanding 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
Good 7 9 7 9 10 13 12 16
OK 50 47 59 57 60 66 68 66
Bad 31 31 27 29 21 12 10 10
Terrible 4 4 2 3 2 4 4 3
Hard to tell 8 8 5 1 6 4 4 4
Index 22 22 37 35 48 64 67 70

 

In general how do you evaluate the situation of your own life?
  03.10 01.11 03.12 03.13 03.14 01.15 02.15 03.15
Outstanding 4 3 3 4 5 4 3 4
Good 16 15 16 18 19 23 23 26
OK 55 57 62 60 58 61 65 59
Bad 18 19 14 15 13 6 4 6
Terrible 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 2
Hard to tell 5 3 4 1 4 5 3 3
Index 55 53 66 65 68 80 84 81
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