Press release №2338
17.05.2021
RUSSIA – U.S.A.: NEW PRESIDENT, OLD PROBLEMS

IN BRIEF

  • Most of Russians were interested in the U.S. elections held in 2020 (64%)
  • More than half of Russians can hardly call the elections democratic (55%)
  • Joe Biden presidency will likely have no impact on the bilateral relations (53%).

MOSCOW, April 15, 2021. Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) presents the data of a survey describing how Russians assess the recent presidential election in the U.S. and what kind of president they think Joe Biden will be.

Most of Russians were interested in the 2020 U.S. presidential elections (64%); remarkably, 12% were following closely the electoral campaign (often metropolitan residents — 22%).

More than half of Russians could hardly call the recent elections free and democratic (55%). Twelve percent of Russians disagree with them: they are basically young Russians aged 18-24 (21%) saying that it was an open and fair political competition.

If given an opportunity, Russians would have refused to take part in those elections (70%). Those respondents who say they would have taken part would have voted for Donald Trump (12%) rather than Joe Biden (7%).

Almost half of Russians failed to answer when asked what kind of president Joe Biden would be for his country (44%). Russians often expect the Biden’s presidency to be negative or “mediocre” (18% and 28, respectively); every tenth (10%) tends to think that he will be a good president.

The presidency of Joe Biden will likely to have no impact on the Russia-US relations, according to 53% of respondents. Those who forecast changes often expect deterioration (20%) rather than improvement (12%).

Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on January 27, 2021. A total of 1,600 of Russians aged 18 and older took part in the survey. Results are based on telephone interviews. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was 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 to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.

The USA held its presidential election last year. Were you following the US presidential election, or not? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Moscow and St Petersburg Million-plus cities 500-950 thousand inhabitants 100–500 thousand inhabitants Less than 100 thousand Rural area
Yes, I was following the entire presidential campaign 12 22 11 10 15 11 8
I was not following the campaign closely  but I took interest in it   52 56 59 61 51 47 49
No, I wasn’t 35 22 30 29 33 41 43
Don’t know 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
How would you assess the latest US presidential campaign?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 60 and older
It was an open and fair political competition 12 21 18 11 9 6
The elections can hardly be called truly free and democratic 55 35 39 50 62 69
Don’t know 33 44 43 39 29 25
If you had had an opportunity to take part in the US presidential election, which candidate would you have voted for?  (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 60 and older
Donald Trump 12 21 14 9 13 11
Joe Biden 7 9 12 5 6 5
I would not have taken part in the elections 70 60 62 73 72 74
Don’t know 11 10 12 13 9 10

 

 

In your opinion, what kind of president will Joe Biden be? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
One of the best 2
Good 8
Mediocre 28
Bad 6
One of the worst 12
Don’t know 44
In your opinion, what impact will the Biden presidency have on the US-Russia relations?   (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)
  Total respondents
The relations are  likely to improve 12
The relations are  likely to deteriorate 20
Nothing will change 53
Don’t know 15
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