Press release №2237
06.12.2019
HEROES OF OUR TIME: DOCTOR, RESCUER AND MILITARY MAN

IN BRIEF

  • “Heroes of our time” are people who accomplished a feat for the good of Russia and its people
  • Modern heroes are honest, decent and fair-minded people (36%)
  • Heroes of our time are doctors (49%), EMERCOM employees (47%), military men (31%), teachers (27%), policemen (22%), and volunteers (21%).

A hero of our time is someone who is honest, decent and fair-minded. At the professional level, this could be a doctor, an EMEROCM rescuer or a military man who has served in hot spots.

MOSCOW, December 6, 2019. Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) presents the data of a survey devoted to Heroes of the Fatherland Day.

According to Russians, the expression “heroes of our time” refers to “people who accomplished a feat, did something good for Russia and its people” (13%). These words are also associated with “people who take care of and want to help others” (9%); people who are honest, decent and fair-minded (8%); people who protect Russia such as army, EMERCOM officers, war veterans, policemen and firemen (8%), as well as Russian patriots (8%). One-third of respondents remained undecided (31%).

A typical “hero of our time” is, first of all, honest, decent, fair and responsible (36%); he/she is kind, humane (19%), active and communicative (18%), courageous and fearless (13%), unselfish and not indifferent (10%).

Every second Russian considers doctors (49%) and EMERCOM rescues (47%), i.e. those who save lives, to be heroes of our time. Thirty-one percent of respondents point to military officers who serve in hotspots. Respondents also mention teachers whose pupils achieved success (27%), policemen who risk their lives (22%) and volunteers who voluntarily offer their assistance (21%) among modern heroes.

Russian VCIOM-Sputnik public opinion survey was conducted on December 4, 2019. Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,600 Russians aged 18 and older. A stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers is used. 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.

There is the expression “hero of our time”. In your opinion, what does it mean?  (open-ended question, up to 3 answers, % of total respondents; answers of at least 2% of respondents)
  Total respondents
People who accomplished a feat / who brought benefit / who did something good to Russia, its people 13
People who take care of / who want to help others / who will help you in difficult situations 9
Honest / trustworthy / fair-minded / responsible persons 8
Defenders of the motherland / army, Emercom, police, war veterans, firemen 8
Russian patriots / people who work for the  good of Russia  and its people / love for Motherland 8
People who saved lives of other people 7
People who are not indifferent / who are responsive / attentive / who think not only of themselves 6
Active / easy-going / initiative  / single-minded / educated people 5
Famous / respectful / decent person 5
Professional / someone who is all business / heroes of labor 3
People who can sacrifice  themselves / give their life for others   3
Person typical of an epoch  / every epoch has its heroes/ ordinary person 3
Kind / good / humane / polite / open people 3
People to look up to / people to follow 3
No heroes / none 1
Other  5
Don’t know 31

Every epoch has its own heroes. Could you describe a hero of our time? Please, name the basic qualities and traits?  (open-ended question, up to 5 answers, % of total respondents; answers of at least 2% of respondents)
  Total respondents
Honest / trustworthy / fair-minded / responsible persons 36
Kind / good / humane / polite / open people 19
Active / easy-going / initiative  / single-minded / educated people 18
Brave / courageous / fearless  people / strong character 13
Not indifferent / responsive / attentive people / who think not only of themselves 10
People who take care of / who want to help others / who will help you in difficult situations 10
Russian patriots / people who work for the  good of Russia  and its people / love for Motherland 9
Hard-working people / who work a lot 7
Professional / someone who is all business / heroes of labor 6
Self-giving people / who are always ready to help 4
People who can sacrifice  themselves / give their life for others  3
Self-confident / well-balanced  person 3
No heroes / none 1
Other  5
Don’t know 31

I will read you a list of options. Who exactly do you call a hero or our time?  (closed-ended question, up to 3 answers, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
Doctor who cures or saves people 49
EMERCOM employee who rescues people 47
Military man serving in hot spots 31
Teacher whose pupils achieved success 27
Policeman who risks his life to neutralize a criminal 22
Volunteer who voluntarily offers his/her help and support to those in need 21
Politicians who fights against social injustice 15
Scientists who made good contributions to science 13
Entrepreneur who expands his/her business to create new jobs 12
Entrepreneur who invests his own capital into social programs, charity 11
Director, writer, journalist who openly discusses social problems 7
Athlete who achieved excellent results 3
All the above-mentioned 3
None of the above-mentioned 1
Other   2
Don’t know 2

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