The Romir Research Group told Interfax that most-trusted public institutions by Russians are the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN), the Orthodox Church, and the RF President. In first place, 67 percent trusted the RAN. In second place, two-thirds (66 percent) supported the Orthodox Church. Topping off the troika of the leaders was the RF President… 63 percent were inclined to believe him. After that, 61 percent found the Russian forces worthy of trust, every second respondent spoke well of the Ministry of Education and Science (Minobrnauki) (53 percent), the RF Federal Government (52 percent), and the mass media (50 percent). Little less than half relied on local governments (48 percent) and the RF Federation Council (47 percent). The RF Gosduma gained the confidence of 44 percent. On the other hand, the police lead the “No Confidence” brigade, with 62 percent disbelieving them.
Last year, Romir conducted a similar survey, using a somewhat-abbreviated list of institutions. At that time, 68 percent expressed full or partial confidence in the RF President, the RF Federal Government received 59 percent, and the RF Gosduma won 51 percent, whilst local government convinced only 49 percent. Over the last year, institutions such as the media and the Orthodox Church strengthened their position (in 2012, their level of trust was 49 percent and 62 percent respectively). Andrei Milekhin, the President of the Romir Group, suggested, “Maybe, due to the emergence of strong and charismatic leaders in the Army and the Orthodox Church, these institutions are now on an equal footing with the RF President. It seems as though the old slogan, “For Faith, Tsar, and Fatherland” is returning from the past, finding a new meaning today”.
Romir conducted the current survey in July 2013 in conjunction with the Institute for Social and Political Studies (ISPI RAN) amongst 1,000 Russians in seven Federal Districts, in cities of over 100,000 people.
4 September 2013
I think that some ROCOR elements live in the past, supporting the nutter pretender Maria Vladimirovna Romanova. To speak bluntly, the chances of a Soviet revival are far better than those of her (or her blockheaded son) ever gaining the throne (even as a symbolic paper monarch). The ROCOR had best wake up… the monarchy fell in 1917, and it won’t ever rise again in the same fashion. Autocracy is dead. It’s time to live in the present, not in dreams of a long-gone imperial era that never really existed in the form that certain ROCOR factions believe that it did. The Revolution happened for many reasons… one being the greed and nastiness of many of the aristos and bourgeois who founded the ROCOR in the 20s (not to mention the fact that many are sprung from the ranks of World War II Nazi collaborators). Think on it…