A poll by the Russian public opinion foundation (FOM) showed that nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of russians believe the bear is the most appropriate symbol for their country.
“Russians show a traditional worship of the bear, which they see as a symbol of our country. According to the poll, 65 percent of respondents believe the bear is the most appropriate and correct symbol for Russia.”
Only 18 percent disagreed, with 17 percent unable to answer, the survey showed. “It is worth noting that the answer does not depend in large part on the age, education or political views of the respondents. Interestingly, in Moscow and Siberia, more residents identified the bear as a symbol of Russia, 73 percent and 71 percent, respectively.”
According to the survey, 70 percent of Russian men and 61 percent of Russian women think the bear is the right symbol for Russia. The majority of respondents thought the bear was the most appropriate symbol, and they emphasized the reason for their choice was to focus on the strength of the animal.
According to FOM, 7 percent of russians believe the bear is an animal that can endure for a long time. Another 5 percent of respondents consider bears to be “fierce predators.” At the same time, many people emphasize that this strength is a combination of kindness and love for peace, while others refer to its warrior qualities. But both sides agree that the symbol suits Russia.
The survey was reportedly conducted on November 23 by solstice 24 among 1,500 respondents in 53 regions of Russia.