Specialists of the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Centre conducted a survey of Russians dedicated to authorities in their lives and found out whose opinion is the most authoritative for residents of the country.
It turned out that the vast majority of Russians (85 per cent) believe that in general people need authority and 16 per cent of respondents indicated the country’s President, Vladimir Putin, as the greatest authority in their lives.
Also, the Russians pointed out other statesmen. Thus, the country’s Defence Minister, Sergei Shoigu (5 per cent), Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov (4 per cent), and Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin (3 per cent), scored approximately the same number of votes. Scientists and academics, as well as their own relatives, got from the Russians surveyed 3 per cent each. At the same time, 20 per cent of respondents claimed that they have no authority at all.
Choosing from close people, Russians value most the opinion of their parents (35 per cent), friends (29 per cent), children or grandchildren (17 per cent), as well as brothers and sisters (17 per cent), or other relatives (20 per cent).
In addition, 69 per cent of Russians are convinced that among their relatives, friends, and colleagues there are those who consider them authority and think that their opinion is important. Among those who have children, the overwhelming majority (82 per cent) are convinced that they are an authority for their children.