According to Russians, hosting the World Cup has had a positive effect on the country’s image.
MOSCOW, July 25, 2018. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data of a survey devoted to the 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia from June 14 to July 15.
Most of Russians (83%) support hosting international sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup in Russia. This stance is opposed by 13%.
Seventy-one percent of Russians consider that hosting the World Cup in Russia did more good to the country. First of all, the event helped to improve Russia’s image (60%). Certain respondents point to tourism development (16%) and money brought by tourists (14%). New sports facilities and infrastructure development were mentioned by 12% of respondents.
Nine percent of respondents view the idea to host the championship negatively. Among them every second (49%) says that the costs will not pay back; every third (31%) thinks that money spent on the championship can be used to satisfy country’ needs; every fifth (19%) considers that hosting the World Cup distracted from really important problems. A further 15% think that nothing has changed in the country after the World Cup.
More than half of Russians (60%) believe that the World Cup is worth the money spent on it. Seventy-two percent of respondents expect improvements in the attitudes of other countries towards Russia after the World Cup.
The VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on July 16, 2018, and involved 1,600 Russians aged 18 and over. The survey was telephone-based 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 2.5%. 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 personally support or oppose the idea to host international sporting events in Russia, such as the FIFA World Cup? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|Likely to support||83|
|Likely to oppose||13|
|In your opinion, did hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup do more good or harm to Russia? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|Likely more good||71|
|Likely more harm||9|
|Nothing has changed||15|
|Why do you think that hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup did more good to Russia? (open-ended question, up to three answers, % of those who think that hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup did more good to Russia)|
|% of those who think that hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup did more good to Russia|
|Russia’s image improved||60|
|More tourists, tourism development||16|
|More money brought by tourists into the country||14|
|Many sport facilities were built||12|
|Celebration for all, social cohesion in Russia||8|
|Sport development, attracting the youth to sports||7|
|Pride in the national team, Russia||6|
|Relationships with certain countries are improving||4|
|Pride in high level of organization of the championship||4|
|Attracting foreign investment||1|
|Only advantages, no disadvantages||0|
|Why do you think that hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup did more harm to Russia? (open-ended question, up to three answers, % of those who think that hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup did more harm to Russia)|
|% of those who think that hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup did more harm to Russia|
|Too much money spent, the money will not pay back||49|
|The money spent or the profit made could have been spent on country’s needs||31|
|The World Cup was used to distract from actual problems||19|
|Shutdown of enterprises; road blocking during the championship||5|
|Too much money stolen||4|
|Low living standards||4|
|It was not well thought-out how to maintain the facilities after the competitions||3|
|Fake provision of “urban amenities” in the cities||2|
|Poor quality of the facilities which were built||1|
|Only disadvantages, no advantages||2|
|Which statement do you agree with the most? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|It is good that the 2018 World Cup took place in Russia but the money spent on it could have been spent on something different||34|
|Large amounts of money were spent on the World Cup in Russia but it was worth it||60|
|In your opinion, after hosting the World Cup will the attitudes of other countries towards Russia change or not? If yes, how will they change? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|Likely to improve||72|
|Likely to worsen||1|
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