Two-thirds of Russians see Russian administration's foreign policy success

Russians' interest in foreign policy increased in the past month from 58 percent in September to 63 percent now, Public Opinion Foundation has reported.

Russians' interest in foreign policy increased in the past month from 58 percent in September to 63 percent now, Public Opinion Foundation has reported.

The poll, which surveyed 1,500 people living in 104 populated areas in 53 regions of Russia, was conducted on November 7-8.

Thirty-five percent of the respondents (against 41 percent in September) do not follow Russia's behavior on the international scene.The percentage of respondents who follow politics is the highest among respondents aged 31-45 (80 percent), 46-60 (69 percent) and respondents older than sixty (73 percent), respondents with university degrees (74 percent), with incomes higher than 30,000 rubles (77 percent), residents of Moscow (74 percent), residents of cities with populations of over one million (72 percent), residents of cities with populations of fewer than 50,000 people and residents of the Central Federal District (69 percent each).</P>

The respondents believe successes in Russia's foreign policy have recently outweighed failures (61 percent against 14 percent). Twenty-five percent of the respondents were undecided. In September, 55 percent of Russians noticed successes of the country's leadership on the foreign policy scene, while 19 percent spoke of failures.

Twenty percent of the respondents believe that the Russian administration is now giving too much attention to foreign policy. Seven percent of the respondents believe the opposite. One out of every two respondents (55 percent) believe that the Russian leadership is giving the right amount of attention to foreign policy issues, and 18 percent were undecided.

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