Press release №2067


  • Russia already is (49%) or will soon be (35%) one of the world’s superpowers
  • Russia’s main strong factors globally are its army, people, and president
  • Russia’s top three achievements over the recent 10-15 years involve the development of the Armed Forces, Crimea’s return and Sochi Olympics

Strong army and national spirit are two main Russia’s strengths globally, according to Russians.  

MOSCOW, May 21, 2018. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a study describing Russia’s global role. 

Half of Russians are confident that Russia is a superpower (49%); since 2017 this share has slightly decreased (57%). More than one-third of Russians believe that Russia will be among the most powerful countries in 15-20 years. Only 11% disagree with that; among young respondents skeptical views are expressed by 16% of the 18-24-year-olds, as well as 17% Muscovites and Petersburgians and 17% of people with poor financial self-assessment.

Russia’s ticket to success is its strong army (26%), its people (22%) and its president (17%). Russia’s strongest points are also its independent politics, natural resources and a vast territory.

The main successes of the country over the recent 10-15 years are the development of the Armed forces (mentioned by every fifth Russian (18%)), Crimea’s incorporation into the Russian territory (12%) and the Winter Olympics in Sochi (8%).

The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on April 24-25, 2018. The survey involved 2,000 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 according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.2%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

The 2003-2016 results are based on household surveys; 600 persons were surveyed on a daily basis during the VCIOM-Sputnik study in 2017.


In your opinion, will Russia be able to become a great power within the next 15-20 years or not?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of all respondents)
  2003 2005 2007 2008 2010 2013 2014 2016 2017 2018
Likely yes 40 33 46 50 36 41 54 49 31 35
Likely  not 36 41 31 19 30 39 18 18 10 11
Russia is today   12 13 12 16 18 10 19 26 57 49
Don’t know 12 13 11 15 16 10 9 7 2 5


In your opinion, what makes Russia strong in the eyes of the rest of the world?  (open-ended question, not more than three answers, % of all respondents, answers mentioned by at least 1% of respondents are shown line-by-line)
  Total respondents
Combat-effective and well-armed army 26
Will power and spirit of people 22
Good and strong president 17
Vast natural resources 5
The biggest country in the world 5
Independent politics 5
Russian foreign policy 4
Economic development of the country 4
Nuclear power 4
Best weapons in the world 3
Fight for peace and justice 2
Rich historic heritage 2
People’s mentality and character 2
Humanitarian and economic help to other states 2
Scientific achievements 2
Patriotism 2
Trueness 2
Firmness, resilience 1
Russian government 1
We are the strongest and will always be 1
Peacefulness; we try to be friends with others 1
People’s wealth, care for citizens 1
Everyone is afraid of Russia 1
We defend our own interest 1
Belief in God 1
Level of culture in Russia 1
Fight against global terrorism 1
Self-sustainability 1
We are not considered as a strong power 1
Other 10
Don’t know 25 


In your opinion, has Russia had any significant achievements over the recent 10-15 years?? (open-ended question, not more than three answers, % of all respondents, answers mentioned by at least 1% of respondents are shown line-by-line)
  Total respondents
Development of the armed forces 18
Crimea’s return 12
Sochi Olympics 8
Space achievements 5
Economic development 4
Sport successes beyond the Olympics 3
Agricultural sector development 3
International help 3
Active internal and foreign political processes   3
Construction of the Crimean bridge 3
Scientific development 3
Improvements in public wealth 3
Development of health services 3
Defense industry development 2
Industrial sector development 2
Olympic achievements 2
Development of urban and rural area infrastructure 2
Social climate improvements nationwide 1
Rise in salaries and pensions 1
Stable and secure life 1
Active construction 1
We overcame the crises of the 1990s, 2008 and 2014 1
Road construction 1
2018 World Cup is taking place in Russia 1
Oil and gas industry development 1
Fight against global terrorism 1
Education development  1
We got up off our knees   1
Development of mechanical engineering industry 1
Maternity capital launch 1
Ceasefire  in Caucasus 1
There have been no successes 5
There have been successes but I cannot remember the exact ones 3
Other 11
Don’t know 37 
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