13 Fascinating Facts About The Majority Of Russians
Allan Smith,Pamela Engel,Gus LubinAug 3, 2014, 23:07 IST
Eighty-three percent Russians approve of Vladimir Putin as president, a number that has soared from 54% last year since his annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine as well as the Sochi Olympics.
And that might get them wondering what else Russians think and what Russians are like anyway.
Taking care to avoid unfounded stereotypes, we've turned to data from polling centers, the World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, and Pew Research Center to identify facts about the majority of Russia's 144 million citizens.
56% of Russians aren't pleased with the quality of their drinking water, the worst of the 36 nations ranked by OECD.
56% of Russians think Russia needs democracy.
59% of Russians support open borders with Ukraine, though only 16% want reunification.
60% of adult Russian males smoke tobacco.
63% of Russians don't believe they are healthy.
A record 65% of Russians are satisfied with their freedom to choose what to do with their lives. By comparison, that number in America is higher at 79% but 12 points lower than it was in 2006.
67% of Russians fear law enforcement agencies.
69% of Russians believe the U.S. is one of the five most hostile nations towards Russia.
74% of Russians live in cities, which are concentrated in the south-west. Much of the giant country is sparsely populated.
76% of Russians believe state-controlled media is the most reliable when seeking information about Ukraine.
83% of Russians approve of Vladimir Putin as president. Confidence is lower in their national government at 64%.
94% of Russians age 25 to 64 graduated from high school, the highest percentage among the 36 nations ranked by the OECD. 54% have also graduated from college, though it should be noted that Russian students rate below average on international tests.
96% of Russians disapprove of the U.S. government, while 94% disapprove of the European Union's leaders.