Press release №1984
21.08.2017
FLAG, COAT OF ARMS AND ANTHEM: RUSSIAN PRIDE

IN BRIEF

Emotional perception of national symbols keeps increasing year-by-year.

MOSCOW, August 21, 2017. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the results of a study devoted to the Day of the National Flag of the Russian Federation.

National flag, coat of arms and anthem are major Russian symbols, according to respondents (46%). Respondents also cited people, unity (8%), power and mightiness (4%), Moscow Kremlin and Red Square (3%) among others.

Pride and admiration are the main feelings Russians have when they see symbols of Russia; today these feelings are strong as never before. Seventy-one percent of Russians are proud when they see Russian flag; 72%, Russian coat of arms; 75%, when listening to Russian anthem. The total number of those who have negative feelings about national symbols does not exceed 5%.

The VCIOM-Sputnik Russian nationwide survey was conducted on August 15-16, 2017. The survey involved 1,200 Russians aged 18 and over, and was carried out using stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of landline and mobile phone numbers operating in Russia. The data were weighted for the probability of selection and reflect 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.

Results for the 2006-2015 study are based on household survey.

What is associated with Russia for you, what is its symbol?  (open-ended question, not more than three answers %)
  2014 2015 2017
Official symbols (flag, coat of arms, anthem)   57 40 46
People, its unity, social cohesion 3 8 8
Bear 2 6 6
Motherland, home 0 4 5
Power and strength, mightiness 1 4 4
Moscow Kremlin, Red Square, Kremlin stars 4 2 3
Putin 2 4 3
Nature 2 2 3
Birch 2 3 2
Big territory 1 1 2
Cultural heritage 1 2 2
Army 0 0 2
Natural resources (oil, gas, diamonds, etc.) 1 0 1
Pride for the country 0 0 1
City of Moscow 1 1 1
Other cities 0 0 1
History 0 1 1
Orthodox Christianity 0 1 1
Peace 0 1 1
Victory 0 1 1
USSR, Stalin 0 1 1
Freedom, independence 0 2 1
Justice 0 0 1
Constitution 0 0 1
Current authorities 0 0 1
Matryoshka 1 1 0
Medvedev 1 0 0
Vodka 0 1 0
Russian monarchs, princes 0 1 0
Other 3 4 3
Don't know 20 25 28

 

What feeling do you have when you see Russian national symbols?  (closed-ended question, one answer, %)
National flag
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2017
Pride, admiration    49 48 52 52 54 49 58 67 71
Liking 26 24 28 29 28 34 30 16 16
Indifferent, no feelings   20 16 17 15 16 14 10 13 9
Dislike 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
Irritation, shame 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Don't know 2 9 2 3 0 3 2 3 3
National coat of arms
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2017
Pride, admiration    47 46 47 49 52 49 57 69 72
Liking 26 23 27 28 28 32 30 16 11
Indifferent, no feelings   21 21 21 17 17 16 11 11 11
Dislike 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Irritation, shame 3 3 2 3 1 0 0 0 1
Don't know 2 6 2 2 1 2 1 4 5
National anthem  
  2006 2007 2008 2009 2012 2013 2014 2015 2017
Pride, admiration    53 53 56 56 58 54 59 72 75
Liking 24 20 25 25 24 30 30 13 13
Indifferent, no feelings   17 16 14 14 14 14 10 11 6
Dislike 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
Irritation, shame 4 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 1
Don't know 2 8 4 3 2 2 1 3 3

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