Russians welcome in year 2011 more optimistically: Survey

Russians welcome in the year 2011 in a more optimistic mood than last year, according to the survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTSIOM) on December 18-19.

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 20:16 PM IST

Moscow: Russians welcome in the year
2011 in a more optimistic mood than last year, according to
the survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion
Research Centre (VTSIOM) on December 18-19.

According to the survey, 46 percent of the 1,600
respondents said in general the year 2010 brought positive
results. The share of those who noted that the outgoing year
was hard for them reduced from 56 percent to 51 percent.

During the year of the global economic crisis - 2009 the
share of those who said the year was heavy for Russia reached
its highest level – 75%. At present, this figure
reduced to 67 percent. The number of the respondents who
believe that 2010 was most probably successful for the
country slightly increased (from 20 percent to 25 percent).

Russians look more optimistic into the future - 62 percent of those polled hope that the new year will be good for
their families and every second expressed confidence that the
year 2011 will be good for their country as well (51 percent).

Thinking of what they would ask Father the Frost when the
bells ring Russians most often wished health to their families
and themselves (28 percent) as well as better financial
standing. People also want to resolve their housing problems
and buy a new car.

The survey was conducted in 138 cities and towns of
Russia`s 46 regions and territories. The statistical error
does not exceed 3.4 percent.

PTI