26% of Russians believe that the country belongs to the category of great powers.Reuters
Slightly more than one out of every four Russians (26 percent) thinks that the Russian Federation is one of the world’s great powers, according to a VCIOM public opinion research survey on Russia’s role in the world.
Three out of four Russians surveyed believe that the country’s global influence is significant. It is slightly less than its peak in 2014 (82 percent) after the controversial events in Crimea, but it is nevertheless higher than in 2008 (58 percent).
Respondents of the survey prioritize the country's global objectives in the following order: reclaiming Russia's status of superpower (38 percent), followed by the goal of becoming one of the world’s 10-15 most successful countries (40 percent).
One out of every four Russians (26 percent) believes that the country already belongs to the category of great powers. Forty nine percent of people interviewed said that most likely Russia would become a great power, but only in 10-15 years. Just 18 percent said that Russia is unable to become a great power.
While Russians formerly believed that their country could become a “member of the club” of leading countries due to its economy (52 percent in 2014) and strong army (42 percent), today the importance of these factors has declined to 37 and 26 percent, respectively. Today the primary factor that could lead to achieving this status is the high level of the population's wellbeing, which was selected by 38 percent of respondents (up from 25 percent in 2014).
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