Specialists from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) conducted a survey of Russians in order to find out their attitude to the country’s technological leadership and its importance for the state. The study showed that the majority of Russians (82 per cent) consider technological leadership an important condition for the independence of the state.
It is specified that the share of those who believe that the country needs to be a technological leader in order to achieve independence in the international arena is higher among men (56 per cent vs 35 per cent of women) and young people aged 18 to 25 (88 per cent). The opposite point of view was expressed by 9 per cent of respondents.
Opinions about whether Russia can be classified as one of the leading technological countries in the world were almost equally divided: 55 per cent agree with this to some extent and 41 per cent disagree. In particular, 18 per cent of respondents absolutely agree, 37 per cent rather agree, 25 per cent rather disagree, and 16 per cent completely disagree.
As for the main areas of technological development, respondents believe that Russia occupies a leading position in the defence sector (65 per cent), space technology (42 per cent), and nuclear energy (41 per cent). The top five was closed by medicine (25 per cent) and biotechnology/genetic engineering (13 per cent). These were followed by mechanical engineering and IT technologies (11 per cent each) and communications (9 per cent).