Public opinion poll: Russians like Obama more than Romney but don't care who wins

Barack Obama's re-election as president would be better for Russian national interests, said 41 percent of the respondents in a Levada Center nationwide poll.

Only 8 percent believe that a victory by Mitt Romney would be preferable for Russia, sociologists told Interfax on Tuesday.

Most of the Obama fans are men (48 percent as compared to 35 percent of women), Russians aged from 18 to 24 (47 percent), people with a secondary education (47 percent) and with a higher education (25 percent), respondents with a high consumer status (60 percent), villagers (46 percent) and residents of cities with less than 100,000 population (45 percent).

The majority of respondents who prefer Romney are women (9 percent), young Russians (11 percent), respondents with education lower than secondary or vocational training (9 percent), respondents with a moderate consumer status (incomes sufficient for food only - 11 percent), and residents of small towns (10 percent).

Fifty-one percent of respondents said the winner of the U.S. presidential election was immaterial. The opinion was expressed by 45-59 percent of respondents in all socio-demographic groups.

Levada Center polled 1,601 adults in 130 towns and cities in 45 regions on Oct.19-22.

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