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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Russians believe in Russian science, but find it difficult to name specific achievements


A significant percentage of the population of Russia believes that science in Russia is on the rise and if lagging behind the science world, it is insignificant. At the same time,please to call those or other achievements of Russian and world science of the last decades baffled almost three quarters of Russians. These are the results of a survey conducted by the all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion to the Day of Russian science.

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About half of respondents (48 percent) are of the opinion that the world of science today is on the rise, while 28 percent believe that it is in stagnation, while 8% tend to believe that it is on the decline. As for the Russian science, only 6 percent of Russians think it significantly advanced the development of world science, and 20 percent ahead slightly. 37 per cent tend to believe that Russian science from the world a little behind, but 15 percent — this name is quite significant. It is worth noting that in Moscow and St. Petersburg to the successes of Russian science are much more skeptical than the national average, and in the villages in it, on the contrary, believe more.

When asked to name the achievements of Russian and world science of the last decades 72 per cent were undecided. Another 9 percent cited examples related to military equipment.

50 percent tend to believe that for more effective development of Russian science should increase its funding, while 33 per cent suggest that you first need to improve the competence of the Russian scientists.

On the question of who should make the decision about the main tasks and direction of development of Russian science, 43 percent chose the answer “scientists, the scientific community”. About as many people held this position five years ago. The popularity of the other answers since then, significantly has changed — response “state authorities” was chosen by just 23 (compared to 41% in 2013), while variants of “Population, ordinary people and Businesses, large entrepreneurs” was two times more popular than previously, with 13 and 4 percent, respectively.

Recently another poll, also timed to celebrate today the Day of Russian science, published by the Analytical center of Yuri Levada. Only 2.3 percent of respondents were able to correctly answer seven out of seven test questions for middle school.

On the recent discoveries and inventions of Russian specialists can be found in the materials published today MK.

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