Russians become more tolerant to the effects of lack of patriotism

Almost half of Russians (48 percent) believe that the state should not respond to unpatriotic behavior of citizens. Over the past three years the number of people convinced that love of country is a private affair, increased by nine percent. This is evidenced by data survey of the national center for the study of public opinion (VTSIOM), published on its website on Friday, 9 June.

A third of respondents (33 per cent) believes that unpatriotic behavior should be subject to public censure (in 2014 believed 38 percent), 10 percent offer for him to be fined (in 2014 — 11 per cent) and four per cent (data in 2014 has not changed) — I think that patriotism you need to introduce criminal liability.

Most of the respondents are denied the right to be called a patriot for those who feel no love for Russia (77 percent), give or take bribes (77 percent), evading military service (69%) don’t know state symbols (61 percent), avoid paying taxes (61 percent) or want to move to another country (52 percent).

“The survey recorded a very important trend: there remains the perception of patriotism as responsibility to the state. In parallel, enhanced tolerance to what is considered to be a space of personal choice — both in terms of daily life, and in the expression of his personal position on various issues”, — commented the head of the data practices of political analysis and consulting VTSIOM Mikhail Mamonov.

The survey was conducted on 3 and 4 June. It was attended by 1,200 people. The probability of error does not exceed 3.5 percent.