Press release №2081
12.07.2018
FIFA WORLD CUP: PRIDE AND ADMIRATION

IN BRIEF

  • Pride, joy and respect are what most of respondents feel about the performance of the Russian football team
  • According to Russians, France is the main contender to win the World Cup (23%)

The Russian team matches evoked pride, joy and respect from Russians.

MOSCOW, July 12, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a survey devoted to the 2018 World Cup held in Russia from June 14th through July 15th 2018.

Most of Russians (70%) watch the 2018 World Cup; 41% of them watch only the matches involving the Russian team.  

More than half of Russians (55%) go on watching the football broadcasts. At the same time, 38% are not going to follow the championship.

Russians felt pride (47%), joy (36%) and respect (35%) when watching the Russian team playing at the World Cup. A further 28% express hope; 21% admiration.

Eight percent of respondents were disappointed with the performance of the Russian team; 5% felt sadness; only 1% felt ashamed.

The percentage of respondents who are going to watch the finals on July 15th is 63%: 61% will follow the game at home or at work; 1% in a café or a bar, 1% at the fan zone or at the stadium in Moscow. According to 23% of respondents, France will be the champion. A further 16% say that the winner will be Croatia.

The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on July 10, 2018, and involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based and 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 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes in question wording and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

Do you watch the 2018 World Cup broadcasts?*  (closed-ended question, one answer,  % of total respondents)
  May 31, June 2, 2018 June 16, 2018 June 20, 2018 June 26, 2018 July 2, 2018 July 4, 2018 July 8, 2018 July 10, 2018
Regularly 20 29 21 27 29 28 30 29
I only watch those matches involving the Russian team   32 35 40 35 41 38 39 41
I do not follow the championship   37 29 35 34 26 29 25 26
I did not know the World Cup is taking place I did not think of it 6 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
Don’t know 5 4 4 4 3 5 6 4

*In late May-early June 2018 the question wording was “Are you going to watch the 2018 World Cup?”

 

Will you watch the 2018 World Cup broadcasts or not?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Yes, I will  55
No, I won’t  38
I did not think of it 5
Don’t know 2

 

What did you feel when watching the Russian football team playing at the World Cup?  (closed-ended question, not more than 5 answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Pride 47
Joy 36
Respect 35
Hope 28
Admiration 21
Disappointment 8
Sadness 7
Shame 1
Skepsis 1
Condemnation 1
Indifference, no feelings 10
Other 4
Don’t know 1

 

Will you watch the 2018 World Cup finals on July 15th, or not? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
I will watch the broadcast at home/at work/ at friends’ house   61
I will watch the broadcast in a café/bar 1
I will watch the broadcast at a fan zone 1
I will watch the broadcast at the Moscow stadium 0,2
I will not watch the finals 31.8
Don’t know 5

 

In your opinion, what country will win the 2018 World CUP? (closed-ended question, one answer % of total respondents)
  July 8, 2018 July 10, 2018
France 21 23
Belgium 14 19
Croatia 17 16
England 18 15
Don’t know 30 27

 

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