April 27, 2021. Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM) presents the data of a survey describing what Russians think about technological leadership and its importance for a state.
Most of Russians (82%) consider it essential for a nation to be a technological leader. The percentage of those who share this stance is higher among men (56% vs 35% women) and young people aged 18-25 (88%).
They are opposed by 9% of respondents.
Opinions split almost equally over whether Russia can be considered a leading technological country: 55% somewhat agree and 41% somewhat disagree with this opinion. The share of those who disagree is higher among those respondents who have incomplete higher and higher education (51%).
In terms of technological development, Russia is a leader in defense (65%), space industry (42%) and nuclear power (41%). Medicine (25%) and biotechnology/genetic engineering round out the top five spheres (13%).
Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on April 10th, 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.
|In your opinion, is technological leadership likely to be important or unimportant for a country to be independent? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondent)|
|Total respondents||Men||Women||Aged 18-24||Aged 25-34||Aged 35-44||Aged 45-59||60 and older|
|Not at all important||3||4||3||3||3||3||3||4|
|In your opinion, can the modern Russia be considered as a leading technological country? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondent)|
|Total respondents||Incomplete secondary education||Secondary education (school, vocational school)||Specialized secondary education (technical school)||Incomplete higher (at least three years in a higher education institution), higher education|
|In your opinion, what area does Russia have a leading position in technologically? (closed-ended question, any number of answers, % of total respondent)|
|Genetic engineering, biotechnologies||13|