Russia's influence reaches 86%
A poll conducted by the Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) said that most of the respondents (86%) consider their country the most influential state in the world. Last year, this opinion was held by three quarters of citizens.
"At the same time, the share of skeptics has almost halved: from 18% to 10%," the sociologists noted.
According to them, currently the majority of pessimistic answers was among people supporting non-parliamentary parties (16%) and those assessing their financial situation as bad or very bad (19%).
In particular, if in 2014, 54% of respondents believed that Russia will become one of the leading states in the world in the next 15-20 years, now 57% say that already happened, sociologists added. "Currently, about a third of Russians (31%) believe that it will happen within a few decades, 10% do not agree," RIA Novosti reported with reference to the research materials.
The poll was conducted among 1200 people on March 2-3.
The director of the Institute of Political Studies Sergei Markov, speaking with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, said that the opinion of Russians has changed, first of all, due to the fact that Russia has completely withstood the hybrid attack, which has been conducted by the West since 2013. "The purpose of this attack is to ensure that Russia ceases to pursue an independent foreign policy and agrees with the dictates of the West," he noted, adding that Russia also successfully overcame economic sanctions.
"Now the economic situation seems to have begun to improve. And before there were serious economic problems," the expert added.
Third, in such conditions, Russia was able to hit back, which also affected the opinion of Russians, he continued. "Russia helped the Crimean citizens to realize their dream of joining the Russian Federation. Moscow also did not allow the genocide of those Russians in Donbass, providing them with all the necessary support," the director of the Institute of Political Studies explained.
At the same time, he stressed that the whole world is now full of articles on how Russia interferes in internal affairs of all the countries. "Another reason is that Russia was the only country that changed the situation in Syria," the expert said.
In addition, he expressed the opinion that the current state, social, economic and political structures in the EU and the US are in a state of crisis. "And as a result of this, Russians were filled with confidence that their country is on the right track and enjoys great influence," Sergey Markov concluded.
The director of the Center for Political Information, Alexei Mukhin, in turn, noted in the first place that such polls are very conditional. "As a rule, they are a response to the involvement of those or other people in these or those events. The current surge of attention to Russia, to its leaders is fully justified after a number of scandals that occurred during and after the election campaign in the US. It is just a media agiotage and its results," the expert said.