Specialists from the All-Russian Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) conducted a survey of Russians to find out their attitude to the country’s banknotes’ design. It turned out that Russians, in general, like the appearance of money issued in the country (70 per cent vs 5 per cent of those who do not like it). These are mostly young people aged 18-30 (83 per cent).
Also, experts asked the survey participants to name the cities depicted on the Russian banknotes. Most respondents who showed good results in this task were Petersburgers of 18-30 years old (37 per cent), Muscovites of the same age (33 per cent), and Khabarovsk residents of the same age (27 per cent). In addition, most often Russians who know what is depicted on the country’s money have a high income.
The results of the study also showed that although residents of the country like the design of the banknotes, they mostly do not care if this design will be changed (41 per cent). Most of those who are neutral about the design change are the respondents aged 31-45 (47 per cent). In turn, people of 46-60 years old opposed such an idea (42 per cent) and young people aged 18-30 support the design change (31 per cent). Thus, in total, 35 per cent are against the idea and 20 per cent are for it.
Most often, those Russians who support the change would like to see the improvement in design and have a desire to show other cities of the country. Among the reasons to leave the old design, respondents most often named the unnecessary waste of funds in the event of its change, the absence of the need to change or preference for the old design, as well as the fear of getting confused in banknotes until the new ones become familiar.
Among famous personalities who could be placed on banknotes, Russians named Vladimir Putin (11 per cent), Yuri Gagarin (10 per cent), Alexander Pushkin (9 per cent), Joseph Stalin (8 per cent), Peter the Great (7 per cent), Vladimir Lenin (6 per cent), Mikhail Lomonosov (5 per cent), Dmitry Mendeleev (4 per cent), Georgy Zhukov (3 per cent), and Mikhail Lermontov (3 per cent).