Press release №2170
23.04.2019
FIRE AT NOTRE DAME IN PARIS: ACCIDENT OR ARSON?

IN BRIEF

  • 92% of Russians are aware of the fire taken place in Notre Dame in Paris
  • 56% think this was the result of an accident

More than half of Russians consider that the Notre Dame fire was caused by an accident.

MOSCOW, April 23, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the findings of a study describing what Russians think about the fire at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral.

An absolute majority of Russians (92%) know that on April 15 a fire took place in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.  

More than half of respondents (56%) think the fire was caused by an accident. They are opposed by 26% of Russians saying that it was likely arson; they are mainly young respondents (18-24) - 38%.

According to every second respondent (51%), Russia should help France in restoring the Cathedral; 63% of elder respodnents share this stance. On the contrary, 44% of respondents believe that there is no need to help France in restoration works; those who think so are mainly Russians aged 25-34 (56%) and residents of million cities (54%). 

VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on April 20, 2019. The survey 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.

 

On Monday, 15, a large fire happened in France, in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Did you personally hear about that, or do you hear for the first time about that? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
I know, I heard 92
I hear for the first time 8

 

In your opinion, was the Notre Dame fire likely an accident or arson?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and more
Likely an accident 56 52 55 54 57 58
Likely arson 26 38 23 27 26 24
Other   2 2 3 3 2 2
Don’t know 16 8 19 16 15 16

Russia offered help to France in the Notre Dame restoration. In your opinion, should Russia help France in restoring the cathedral? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and more
Rather yes 51 46 41 41 54 63
Rather no 44 53 56 53 40 31
Don’t know 5 1 3 6 6 6

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