Press release №680
23.04.2007
LIFE ABROAD: WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT IT

IN BRIEF

Moscow, April 3, 2007. The Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) has studied whether Russians are interested in how people in other countries live and a world politics; what parts of a foreign life are of interest the interviewed in the first place, where do they get the information about life and politics of foreign countries; what countries have they visited within last 10 years and which would they like to go to, whether they have relatives and friends abroad.

The way of life in other countries interests Russians much more (77%), than world politics (53%). And the part of those who actively searches information about life in other states, is twice as much as the part of those showing similar interest in a world politics (30% and 16%).

Russians are mostly interested in customs and traditions of other countries (as 47% of interviewed say), economy and a social life (34%), recreational areas and tourist places (30%), the nature (29%). History (21%), art (18%), political life (15%), consumer goods (13%) and the literature (6%) interests Russians a bit less. The respondents who identify themselves as financially well-to-do focus on the following topics more likely than those who are considered financially unsuccessful: recreational areas and tourist places(42% and 21%), customs and traditions (51% and 44%). Both groups are interested practically to the same extent in the history (19-21%), art (16-18%), the literature (5-6%) and consumer goods (13%).

To learn about a life and the politician of other countries, 91% of respondents watch telecasts of Russian TV; 39% identify domestic newspapers as a source of the information, 25% listen to the Russian radio, 11% use the Internet. Generally, communication with friends, relatives and colleagues (on 6-8%) bring less information, as well as reading the Russian magazines (7%).

Within the last year the majority of Russians, 82%, scooped the information about the life of the different countries via telecasting; 24% have watched a foreign film; 21% have received data via radio broadcasting; 18% have communicated with friends and relatives who happened to live abroad; 15% read special newspapers and magazines concerning life and culture of other countries. Also within a year 6% of respondents have gone abroad; 6% have read a book of a foreign writer; 3% have visited an exhibition covering other country's culture aspects: 1% have visited a concert of a foreign performer.

Every fourth Russian person have been abroad within last 10 years. 4-5% of interviewed have been to Ukraine, to Egypt, Turkey during this time. Any other country is specified not more than by 2% of respondents.

Every fifth Russian citizen (19%) dreams of visiting France. By 12-13% of respondents would like to visit Italy, Germany and the USA; 8% would rather visit the Great Britain, 4-6% identified Egypt, Spain, India and Japan, China, Turkey, Greece, Australia. And only 4% of respondents say they don't want to go anywhere.29% of interviewed have relatives or friends abroad. The 'most globalized' are the respondents with higher and incomplete higher education (37%), the least globalized are those with incomplete secondary education (17%).

All-Russia opinion poll was conducted by VCIOM, April, 14-15th, 2007. 1600 respondents interviewed in 153 population centers of 46 regions of Russia. The statistical error doesn't not exceed 3,4%.

 Are you interested how the people of other countries live?Are interested in international politics?
Strongly, yes3016
Somewhat, yes4737
Somewhat not1633
Strongly not613
Diffucult to answer21
Which aspects of foreign countries' life are you interested in the most? (Up to 3 responses)

 

Total respondents

Wealth status

Very good, goodAverageBad, very bad
Customs and traditions47514844
Economy and social life34313533
Recreational areas30423221
Nature29342829
History21192121
Art18181816
Political life15171613
Goods (clothes, electronics)13131313
Literature6665
Difficult to answer92814
What information sources do you use the most in order to learn about a life and the politics of other countries?(Up to 3 responses)
Russian television91
Russian papers39
Russian radio25
Russian magazines7
Foreign papers and magazines2
Foreign television2
Foreign radio1
Internet11
Personal impressions3
Communication with collegues6
Communication with family and relatives7
Communication with friends8
Neither of listed above4
Difficult to answer1
How did you get information about life of different countries during the last year? (open-ended question, unlimited number of responses)
Watched telecasts82
Watched foreign movie24
Listened to radio21
Communicated with friends and relatives who have been abroad18
Read special publications (papers, magazines) about life and culture of other countries15
Visited a foreign country6
Read a book written by a foreign country6
Visited an covering other country's culture aspects3
Visited foreign artist's concert1
Other1
Difficult to answer6
Which country have you been to within the last ten years? (open-ended question, unlimited number of responses)
Ukraine5
Egypt4
Turkey4
Germany2
China2
Poland2
Central Asia (Kirghizia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)2
Belorussia1
Great Britain1
Greece1
Transcaucasia (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia)1
Italy1
The Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia)1
Thailand1
Finland1
France1
Czechia1
Other2
Neither76
Difficult to answer3
Which country would you like to visit if you had an opportunity? (Open-ended question, up to 3 responses)
France19
Italy13
Germany12
USA12
Great Britain8
Egypt6
Spain6
India5
Japan5
Australia4
Chjna4
Turkey4
Greece4
Latin America countries3
European countries2
Israel2
Canada2
African countries (except for Egypt and Tunisia)2
Ukraine2
Switzerland2
Sweden2
Other2
Do not want to go anywhere4
Difficult to answer25
Do you have any relatives or friends who live abroad?

 

Total respondents

Education

Incomplete secondaryComplete secondary (including PTU)Complete specialized secondary (technikum)Incomplete higher(3 years min.), higher
Yes2917223237
No7082756760
Difficult to answer11313
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