Press release №1966
27.06.2017
VALUES OF THE MODERN YOUTH

IN BRIEF

  • The basic values of the modern young people living in Russia are communicative skills, tidiness, sport activities and importance of materialistic values
  • The way how the young people are described by themselves and the way how they are described by older generation are almost similar, at the same time over the recent years the youth’s image has changed

According to the latest VCIOM-Sputnik survey, modern young people are communicative, tidy, active, sport-loving and have materialistic value orientations.

MOSCOW, June 27, 2017. For the Youth Day the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the results of a survey devoted to the values of the modern Russian young people.

Abilities to be communicative, tidy, sport-loving and appreciating materialistic values are the most typical characteristics of the young generation (the most frequent answers across all age groups). Most of respondents think that young people are law-abiding (more than 50% across all age groups) and loyal towards Russian authorities (also more than 50%, however the shares of those who oppose this opinion are higher among the 18-24-years-olds and the 25-34-year-olds).

On the one hand,  persons aged 18-24 describe themselves (the modern Russian youth) as being cynical (today 56% agree with that vs 43% in 2014); and persons aged 25-34 - as being more aggressive (52% vs 41, respectively), whereas the middle-aged Russians have changed their views of the young people.

On the contrary, respondents aged 60 and over are more likely to describe young people as being friendly (59% vs 42%), ready to help (56% vs 41%), unselfish (47% vs 32%) but young respondents do not seem to think like that.

Young respondents and elderly persons mention stronger patriotic feeling (52% in 2017 vs 45% in 2014 in the 18-24-year-old age group; 62% vs 42%, respectively, among those aged 60 and over), courage (62% vs 55% and 60% vs 46%), kind-heartedness (58% vs 49% and 61% vs 41%).

Besides that, in both age groups (persons aged 18-24 and persons aged 60 and over) there has been an increase in the shares of those who consider youth to be honest (from 48% to 58% and from 41% to 56%, respectively), hard-working (from 39% to 45% and from 32% to 46%), cultured (from 46% to 56% and from 31% to 49%), thrifty (from 32% to 53% and from 27% to 38%, however the mean  prevalence of thriftlessness  among youth is evident).

As to politics, older respondents (44% among persons aged 60 and over) and increasingly young respondents (54% among the 18-24-year-olds; 62% among the 25-34-year-olds) consider that young people are not interested in political issues.

The VCIOM-Sputnik Russian nationwide survey was conducted on June 20-21, 2017, using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia, and involved 1,200 respondents. Russians aged 18 and over took part in the survey. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 3.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

In 2014 a household survey was conducted.
In your opinion, what are the most typical characteristics of the modern Russian youth? Per each pair choose the most typical characteristic (closed-ended question, one answer each pair of statements, %)
    Total respondents Aged 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-59 60 and over

Aggressiveness

2017

45

40

52

52

41

39

2014 44 39 41 44 50 45
Kindness 2017 46 56 44 38 50 46
2014 47 53 51 48 41 46
Don’t know 2017 9 4 4 10 9 15
2014 9 8 8 8 9 9
Cynicism 2017    51 56 62 61 48 36
2014    48 43 48 47 54 45
Sincerity 2017    39 42 31 33 38 51
2014    40 46 41 39 36 41
Don’t know 2017    10 2 7 6 14 13
2014    12 11 11 14 10 14
Activeness 2017    54 69 60 48 52 50
2014    58 63 67 57 55 53
Passiveness, inaction 2017    39 27 35 46 42 37
2014    34 29 27 37 39 37
Don’t know 2017    7 4 5 6 6 13
2014    8 8 6 6 6 10
Patriotism 2017    54 52 46 49 58 62
2014    42 45 45 42 38 42
Indifference towards home country 2017    36 40 45 41 34 27
2014    44 45 39 43 50 42
Don’t know 2017    10 8 9 10 8 11
2014    14 10 16 15 12 16
Egoism 2017    38 45 43 44 36 28
2014    49 44 45 50 52 49
Readiness to help 2017    49 46 44 44 53 56
2014    42 49 47 40 37 41
Don’t know 2017    13 9 13 12 11 16
2014    9 7 8 10 11 10
Unselfishness 2017    41 36 36 39 44 47
2014    34 43 34 34 32 32
Greediness 2017    43 49 51 49 38 34
2014    45 41 49 45 48 40
Don’t know 2017    16 15 14 12 18 19
2014    21 16 17 21 20 28
Hard work 2017    44 45 46 37 44 46
2014    32 39 35 32 27 32
Idleness 2017    48 53 48 56 46 41
2014    57 54 53 57 64 54
Don’t know 2017    8 2 6 7 10 13
2014    11 7 12 11 9 14
Honesty 2017    54 58 49 50 58 56
2014    43 48 45 44 41 41
Hypocrisy 2017    34 38 44 37 29 26
2014    40 40 41 35 43 36
Don’t know 2017    12 4 7 13 13 18
2014    17 12 14 21 16 23
Sociability 2017    80 86 84 80 79 75
2014    72 74 76 74 70 66
Reserve 2017    15 10 12 17 17 15
2014    20 19 16 18 22 22
Don’t know 2017    5 4 4 3 4 10
2014    8 7 8 8 8 12
Moral value orientation 2017    17 22 14 14 17 18
2014    16 13 18 18 15 15
Materialistic value orientation 2017    76 72 83 80 77 70
2014    75 80 73 73 78 73
Don’t know 2017    7 6 3 6 6 12
2014    9 7 9 9 7 12
Thriftlessness 2017    51 46 53 55 54 46
2014    57 57 54 56 62 53
Economy 2017    38 53 35 35 36 38
2014    28 32 32 29 25 27
Don’t know 2017    11 1 12 10 10 16
2014    15 11 14 15 13 20
Level of culture, politeness 2017    48 56 45 43 48 49
2014    37 46 39 34 37 31
Lack of culture, low level of interpersonal communications 2017    46 43 49 49 46 41
2014    48 41 45 49 50 51
Don’t know 2017    6 1 6 8 6 10
2014    15 13 16 17 13 18
Cowardice 2017    21 25 31 24 16 16
2014    25 26 25 24 28 22
Bravery 2017    59 62 55 57 60 60
2014    49 55 50 50 45 46
Don’t know 2017    20 13 14 19 24 24
2014    26 19 25 26 27 32
Personal  health care responsibility 2017    45 52 51 45 42 39
2014    33 40 34 37 31 26
Lack of attention to personal health 2017    48 45 45 48 50 50
2014    54 49 53 52 59 56
Don’t know 2017    7 3 4 7 8 11
2014    13 11 13 11 10 18
Indifference 2017    36 38 43 39 35 29
2014    44 40 44 42 50 41
Kind-heartedness 2017    54 58 46 48 54 61
2014    42 49 44 44 37 41
Don’t know 2017    10 4 11 13 11 10
2014    14 11 12 14 13 18
Arrogance 2017    32 37 38 36 25 29
2014    37 34 38 35 40 37
Openness, friendliness 2017    57 53 52 52 61 59
2014    48 55 50 51 45 42
Don’t know 2017    11 10 10 12 14 12
2014    15 11 12 14 15 21
Untidiness, self-neglect 2017    14 9 9 13 18 15
2014    23 21 22 21 25 22
Tidiness,  neatness 2017    77 90 81 79 73 71
2014    61 70 64 63 58 56
Don’t know 2017    9 1 10 8 9 14
2014    16 9 14 16 17 22
Love for sport 2017    66 68 71 67 64 62
2014    54 64 57 57 48 48
Indifference towards sport 2017    23 23 21 25 23 23
2014    33 26 31 31 39 31
Don’t know 2017    11 9 8 8 13 15
2014    13 10 12 12 13 21
Religiosity 2017    39 46 41 38 34 42
2014    28 30 31 28 28 26
Atheism, antitheism 2017    44 45 46 48 43 39
2014    47 48 43 49 52 45
Don’t know 2017    17 9 13 14 23 19
2014    25 22 26 23 20 29
Interest towards politics* 2017    39 39 34 35 41 44
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Lack of interest towards politics* 2017    52 54 62 60 48 44
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Don’t know * 2017    9 7 4 5 11 12
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Self -sufficiency * 2017    51 53 45 53 53 53
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Susceptibility to suggestion; being affected by the opinions of others* 2017    38 42 46 39 38 30
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Don’t know * 2017    11 5 9 8 9 17
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Tendency towards violating the laws and regulations* 2017    34 34 39 37 31 31
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Law-obedience * 2017    55 59 52 51 54 59
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Don’t know * 2017    11 7 9 12 15 11
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Negative attitude toward Russian authorities* 2017    24 29 31 25 24 16
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Negative attitude toward Russian authorities * 2017    57 60 54 52 57 60
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0
Don’t know * 2017    19 11 15 23 19 24
2014    0 0 0 0 0 0

* In 2014 these characteristics were not proposed for assessment 

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