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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.

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Happy Days

In a recent post, I discussed the spiritual malaise which afflicted the Russian people during the Soviet era, leading to rampant alcoholism and early death. If anybody doubts that contemporary Russia is successfully overcoming this malaise, then the results of two surveys published last week should enlighten them.

The first survey was produced by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre, VTsIOM (Vserossiiskii Tsentr Izucheniia Obshchestvennogo Mneniia). Its overall index subtracts the percentage of people dissatisfied with their lives from those fully or partly satisfied. As seen from the results below, the overall index has declined from a peak one year ago (perhaps associated with a Crimean annexation feel-good factor), but within that index the percentage of Russians declaring that they are ‘fully or mostly’ satisfied with their lives is currently just below the all-time high registered in February of this year, and nearly twice what it was ten years ago. It seems that Russians are lot happier than they used to be.

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