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56% of polled Russians believe in national unity

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The opinion that in Russia “rather, there is” national unity is shared by 56% of Russians who took part in a study by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM). Poll results on Thursday, November 3, publishes RIA News. The study is timed to the Day of National Unity, which is celebrated in Russia on November 4.

The number of respondents who agree with the existence of national unity in Russia increased by 25 percentage points over the year – from 31% in 2021 to 56% in 2022. The opposite opinion is held by 37% of respondents, and in 2021 the figure was 61%.

Among the factors contributing to the unity of Russians, the participants in the study most often named the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine or the attitude of the West towards Russia (28%), the peaceful coexistence of all nations in the Russian Federation (15%), the desire for unification in difficult times (9%) , as well as support by the majority of citizens of the Russian Federation for one leader and his policies (9%).

The all-Russian study “VTsIOM-Sputnik”, dedicated to the Day of National Unity, was conducted on October 28, 2022 by telephone survey of 1,600 Russians aged 18 years and older. The marginal error with a probability of 95% does not exceed 2.5%.

National Unity Day in Russia as a public holiday appeared in 2005. Federal legislation secured the status of the day of military glory for November 4, timed to coincide with the fact that in 1612 the people’s militia, led by the Nizhny Novgorod headman Kuzma Minin and Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, stormed Kitay-Gorod and drove back the forces of the Commonwealth.

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