Press release №700
29.05.2007
POWERFUL STATE AND SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY

IN BRIEF

MOSCOWMay, 29, 2007. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) submits information concerning the ideological and political parties Russians are in sympathy with and whether Russians' ideological views match with their political and party preferences.

In general we managed to identify ideological and political views of 71% of respondents. Others said they are not interested in politics at all (19%), were in difficulty to answer (8%) or have identified their views as ‘other' (1%).

The most popular ideas among politicized part of Russians are the following political ideals: ‘strong and socially-oriented state' (26%), ‘strong state and market economy' (19%) and ‘communism' (12%). Other three doctrines are supported only by a handful of respondents (4% per each). Those doctrines are ‘other left-wingers, including socialists and social-democrats', ‘Russian nationalists' and ‘democrats and human rights activists'. The most unpopular ones are ‘orthodox monarchists' (1%) and ‘ultraliberals - libertarianists' (1%).

In general left-wing ideas of different kind find support of 42% of Russians, right-wing ideas are supported by 24%, 6% of respondents support the ideas of Russian national patriotism.

During last year ideological and political views of Russians have not changed much. The main change is increase of right-wing conservative ideology (‘strong state and market economy') supporters (from 15% up to 19%)

The dependence between the claimed ideological and political views and their electoral choice is not common. The mostly ideologically unified ones are the supporters of Communist Party of Russian Federation (KPRF). 76% of Communist Party electorate identify communism as their socio-political ideal, 9% are the supporters of ‘strong and socially-oriented state' idea and 5% are the supporters of ‘strong state and market economy'.

The ideological type of ‘Fair Russia' party electorate is more blurry. 38% of that electorate like the idea of socially-oriented state and 17% are more likely supporters of strong state and market economy. There are also supporters of ‘other left-wingers' (9%) and ‘Russian nationalists' (7%) among them.

Liberal democratic party of Russia  (LDPR) electorate chooses ‘strong and socially-oriented state' (26%), ‘strong state and market economy' (15%), ‘Russian nationalists' (12%) and even communism (6%).

‘Unified Russia' electorate almost equally chooses ideologies of ‘strong and socially-oriented state' (31%) and ‘strong state and market economy' (27%). Other ideologies including communism and Russian nationalism are represented by small groups of this party electorate (2-5% of supporters per each.

The supporters of ‘strong and socially-oriented state' make the comparative majority among all age groups except for the youngest one of 18-24 years old and the most senior one of 60+ years old. Respondents of 60 years old and older equally choose between ‘strong and socially-oriented state' idea and communism (24% per each idea). Youth more likely prefers ‘strong state and market economy' (27%), 18% of them support strong social state and 26% of them are not interested in politics at all, which makes the largest part of this category.

All-Russia opinion poll was conducted by VCIOM, March, 24-25, 2007. 1600 respondents were interviewed in 153 population centers of 46 regions of Russia. The statistical error does not exceed 3.4%.

Returning to your ideological and political views, who do you sympathize the most?
 February 2006March 2007
Supporters of strong and socially-oriented state2626
Supporters of strong state and market economy1519
Communists1012
Other left-wingers, including socialists and social-democrats44
Russian nationalists, fighting against immigrants coming from southern and south-eastern regions44
Democrats and human rights activists, fighting against dictatorship and tyranny of the state machine54
Supporters of country rebirth via orthodoxy and pre-revolutionary traditions42
Supporters of lowering state interference level in economy and of free business development31
Other21
Not interested in politics2019
In difficulty to answer78
Returning to your ideological and political views, who do you sympathize the most?

 

Total respondents

Political party supporters

‘UnifiedRussia'KPRFLDPR‘Fair Russia'
Supporters of strong and socially-oriented state263192638
Supporters of strong state and market economy192751517
Communists1257666
Other left-wingers, including socialists and social-democrats45279
Russian nationalists, fighting against immigrants coming from southern and south-eastern regions44-127
Democrats and human rights activists, fighting against dictatorship and tyranny of the state machine4411-
Supporters of country rebirth via orthodoxy and pre-revolutionary traditions22-24
Supporters of lowering state interference level in economy and of free business development111-1
Other11-2-
Not interested in politics19135145
In difficulty to answer8721313
Returning to your ideological and political views, who do you sympathize the most?

 

Total respondents

Age, years

18-2425-3435-4445-5960 and older
Supporters of strong and socially-oriented state261826283124
Supporters of strong state and market economy19272221179
Communists123371524
Other left-wingers, including socialists and social-democrats435254
Russian nationalists, fighting against immigrants coming from southern and south-eastern regions453732
Democrats and human rights activists, fighting against dictatorship and tyranny of the state machine475442
Supporters of country rebirth via orthodoxy and pre-revolutionary traditions210225
Supporters of lowering state interference level in economy and of free business development123111
Other1-1110
Not interested in politics192622181517
In difficulty to answer8898710
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