The share of Russian citizens calling themselves patriots grew from 64 percent to 75 percent since December 2012, sociologists of the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) said.
According to the poll held in mid-April in 100 cities, towns and villages in 43 Russian regions and involving 1,500 respondents, Moscow residents and voters of Russian President Vladimir Putin (81 percent each), people with higher education (83 percent), residents of the Volga Federal District (81 percent), residents of cities with population over one million (86 percent) and supporters of the Russian Communist Party leader (88 percent) call themselves patriots most often.
According to the information released by sociologists on Wednesday, currently 38 percent of Russians are certain that most fellow citizens are patriots (against 19 percent in 2012), 21 percent think that half of the population are patriots, while 19 percent believe that only a minority of Russian citizens are patriots (against 36 percent in 2012) and 3 percent each suppose that everyone and no one are patriots in Russia.
When asked by sociologists what actions manifested patriotism, respondents said love for one's homeland (15 percent), readiness to defend one's homeland (8 percent), unwillingness to go abroad (6 percent), work for the benefit of the country (5 percent), those who have active social stance, trust the authorities and support Crimea's accession (3 percent each). Meanwhile, 34 percent failed to give examples of patriotic acts.
A patriot cannot avoid army service (70 percent), not know the history of one's own country (67 percent) and anthem (37 percent), not go to elections (50 percent), prefer foreign literature to domestic (37 percent), criticize the authorities (30 percent), be indifferent to nature (19 percent), etc., the poll showed.
At the same time, 17 percent said they did not consider themselves patriots and the share of such respondents decreased nine percentage points in the past two years (there were 26 percent), the FOM survey showed.
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