Moscow, April, 20th, 2007. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center presents data on what level of knowledge Russians and inhabitants of EU have.
To evaluate a level of knowledge of respondents, they were offered to define whether the suggested 13 statements correspond to scientific subjects or not. The level of knowledge in Russia appears a bit lower, than that of the European Union: very good scientific knowledge (from 10 up to 13 correct answers) show 22% of Russians and 42% of inhabitants of EU; fairly good knowledge (from 6 up to 9 correct answers) show 51% and 43% correspondingly; bad knowledge (not more than 5 correct answers) show 27% of Russians and 15% of EU inhabitants.
Being interested in science and technology gets on with Russians' belief in God (55%), fate (42), signs (23%), requital for sins (19%), supernatural force (16%), and horoscopes (10%). Only 18% interviewed say that they do not believe in any kind of supernatural forces and the phenomena. In comparison to 2005 the part of those has increased a bit (from 14% up to 18%). The part of those who believe in signs (from 18 % up to 23%), and fatalists (from 35% up to 42%) has simultaneously increased also.
The Russian opinion poll was conducted by VCIOM, April, 14-15th, 2007. 1600 respondents in 153 settlements of 46 regions of Russia were interviewed. The statistical error does not exceed 3,4%.
|Do you agree with the following statements? (One answer for each statement)(«+» - correct answer, «-» - incorrect answer, «0» - difficult to say)|
|The sun rotates around of the Earth||67||28||5||66||29||4|
|The center of the Earth is very hot||75||8||17||86||7||7|
|Oxygen we breathe, is produced by plants||83||11||6||82||14||4|
|Radioactive milk can be safe if it is boiled||67||14||19||75||10||15|
|Electrons are smaller than atoms||48||20||32||46||29||25|
|Continents which we live on, have been moving for millions of years and are continuing their movement in the future||72||8||20||87||6||8|
|Child's gender is defined by mother's genes||46||25||29||64||20||16|
|First human beings were living in the same era as dinosaurs||45||30||25||66||29||11|
|Antibiotics kill viruses just as well, as they kill bacteria||30||45||25||46||43||11|
|The laser works by focusing sound waves||31||26||43||47||26||28|
|All the radio-activity is a product of the mankind||30||57||13||59||27||14|
|Modern people have developed from earlier human species||61||16||23||70||20||10|
|Earth makes a full circle around the Sun within a month||61||14||25||66||17||16|
*Information about EU is provided by: Europeans, Science and Technology. Special Eurobarometer. 2005.
|Level of scientific knowlegde|
|Very good scientific knowledge (from 10 to 13 correct answers)||22||42|
|Fairly good scientific knowledge (from 6 to 9 correct answers)||51||43|
|Fairly bad scientific knowledge (from 3 to 5 correct answers)||22||12|
|Very bad scientific knowledge (from 0 to 2 correct answers)||5||3|
|What/who do you believe in? (unlimited number of responses)|
|2004 г.||2005 г.||2007 г.|
|Some kind of supernatural force||12||15||16|
|Requital for sins||18||18||19|
|I do not believe in anything supernatural or phenomenal||15||14||18|
|In difficulty to say||1||2||2|