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RUSSIAN POPULATION MORE UPBEAT
MOSCOW, JANUARY 8. /RIA NOVOSTI/ - According to a survey taken for the Rossiiskaya Gazeta (its results will be released in tomorrow's issue of this newspaper), the number of Russians looking ahead with optimism is on the increase.
Vaycheslav Styopin, President of the Philosophy Institute, at the Russian Academy of Sciences, has confirmed the fact, pointing out that the public consciousness in this country has now shifted from the dependent mentality to liberal values.
The Rossiiskaya Gazeta survey indicates that the percentage of self-relying individuals in Russia has risen from 43 to 78 since 1990. Two-thirds of the respondents still consider themselves low-income, yet those who are comfortable financially (thanks primarily to their mobility on the labor market) now account for as much as 30 percent, up from 25% in 1998.
Some 60 percent of those surveyed are upbeat on prospects for their future, and expect it to bring them more gains than losses, the survey shows.