More than half of Russians are convinced that Father’s Day should be made an official holiday in order to celebrate the contribution of fathers to the upbringing of children, according to experts from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM).
The results of the research carried out by the specialists of the centre showed that more than half of Russians (55 per cent) believe that Father’s Day should be made an official holiday in Russia, while 38 per cent of those surveyed do not agree with this. Most often, the idea is supported by people of 18-24 years old (77 per cent), 25-34 years old (62 per cent), and women (62 per cent). Among the opponents of the idea are 46 per cent of citizens aged 45-59 and 44 per cent of men.
Among those who support the official status of Father’s Day, 25 per cent answered that such a holiday should exist, since there is Mother’s Day, 19 per cent referred to the fact that there are too few men’s holidays, 16 per cent believe that there should be equality in this issue, 12 per cent noted the important contribution of a father to the upbringing of a child, and 8 per cent recalled single fathers and fathers with many children.
Opponents of the idea of establishing Father’s Day as an official holiday most often explained their opinion by the fact that there is no need for such a holiday (30 per cent), there are too many holidays already (23 per cent), most fathers leave their families and do not participate in the life of their children (15 per cent), or moreover, that the role of a mother is more important than the father’s role in the upbringing of a child (6 per cent each).