Half of Russia looking forward to New Year filled with optimism, says poll

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MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Nearly half of Russia’s citizens remain optimistic at the end of 2018, the Russian Public Opinion Research Center said on Wednesday.

“On the whole, Russians are in an upbeat mood when saying goodbye to 2018. On the eve of 2019, 49% of those polled feel excited and are hoping for changes for the better, while 27% feel calm and self-confident,” the report said.

Although 57% assessed the outgoing year as either “good” or “successful” for themselves and their families, 40% admitted that complications largely dogged their lives or that the year happened to be difficult. In 2018, the number of respondents who noted feeling fatigued rose from 8% to 19%, while those who reported anxiety grew from 10% to 15%. That said, those who reported being sad surged from 4% to 10%, and those who were disappointed went up from 3% to 10%.

At least 21% believe that the year 2019 will be prosperous for them personally, while 13% expect good luck for the country.

Staying in and being thrifty

The survey showed that Russians plan to cut back their spending on New Year’s celebrations by 4%, which dovetails the government’s target of 4% for 2018. The respondents estimate that their average spending could total 13,700 rubles (nearly $198) compared to 14,300 rubles ($206) last year.

The overwhelming majority (or 87%) will spend 5,000 rubles ($72) on gifts compared to 5,300 rubles ($76.5) in 2017. At least 13% are not planning on any gifts, while 27% would prefer to not to receive any. In addition, 89% of the polled will spend 4,400 rubles ($63.5) on a New Year’s meal, while 53% will shell out 4,300 rubles to go out to theaters, restaurants, children’s shows and for other entertainment.

“This year indicates that desires and expectations diverge, since 25% plan to give mostly candies, alcoholic drinks and delicacies as presents, yet just 8% want to receive such gifts. Apart from that, souvenirs, toys (23%) and perfumes and cosmetic goods (21%) are next on the lists of gifts. The most desired gifts are holiday vouchers (11%), tickets to a concert, a theatrical performance or dinner in a restaurant,” the poll says.

About 80% of the Russians plan to ring in the New Year with their families, the pollster said.

“Home remains the most traditional venue to ring in the New Year, as 80% of citizens are planning to stay in for New Year ’s Eve. Another 6% will visit friends and relatives, 4% will go their countryside houses and so forth. However, 5% of the respondents will not be celebrating New Year,” the sociologists said.

The nation’s leading polling agency conducted the survey in December 2018 based on daily phone interviews with 1,600 respondents. The margin of error does not exceed 2.5% at the 95% confidence level.

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