Russians Shared Opinion About Country’s Export

Specialists from the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM) conducted a survey of Russians to find out their opinion on Russia’s trade with other countries. 

According to the residents of Russia, most often their country sells abroad oil (60 per cent), gas (52 per cent), timber (31 per cent). In their responses, Russians also mentioned grain (17 per cent), weapons (13 per cent), metallurgical products (13 per cent), wheat and flour (6 per cent), coal (6 per cent), and gold (5 per cent).

Among the imported goods, Russians more often named food (23 per cent), cars (21 per cent), household appliances (20 per cent), clothing and footwear (19 per cent), industrial equipment (17 per cent), vegetables and fruits (14 per cent), and also drugs (8 per cent), high technology (7 per cent), and IT (6 per cent).

Almost half of the respondents (46 per cent) answered that exports exceed imports in the structure of Russian foreign trade. More than a third (38 per cent) think that Russia buys more than sells. The majority of Russians (72 per cent) believe that the country sells more raw natural resources abroad than manufactured goods. One in eight Russians (13 per cent) are of the opposite opinion.

The overwhelming majority of those surveyed (79 per cent) believe that Russia buys more complex, industrially produced goods abroad than simple raw resources. The opposite point of view is shared by 7 per cent of the surveyed. More than half of Russians (59 per cent) expressed the opinion that Russia has closer foreign trade ties with non-CIS countries than with neighbouring ones, against 26 per cent of residents of the country who have the opposite opinion.

Ru-Main, 17.05.2021 

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