RUSSIANS ABOUT LOWER MORAL STANDARDS IN SOCIETY

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MOSCOW, May 24 (RIA Novosti) - In the past few years, the moral standards in Russian society have changed for the worse, said 79% of Russians polled by the All-Russian Public Opinion Center (VTsIOM).

Only 7% of respondents noticed any positive changes in this area, and 12% saw no changes whatsoever.

The respondents were far more positive about the moral environment of people around them: 46% spoke about negative trends, 10% about positive trends, and 42% did not mention any particular changes.

Older respondents tended to see negative aspects in morality (64% in the group aged 18-24 and 86% in the group over 60), and in their personal environment (35% in the group aged 18-24 and 56% in the group over 60).

The most immoral behavior included alcoholism and drug abuse (36%), mutual indifference (26%), lies, hypocrisy, dishonesty (25%). These are followed by everyday rudeness and use of obscenities (17%).

People were less concerned about immoral indifference of the authorities towards people, corruption (8%), debauchery and vulgarity (8%), envy and malice (6%), aggression, brutality and scorn in (5%), and lack of respect for senior citizens (5%).

The list of immoral deeds also included avarice, disrespect for the home country, lack of manners and education, amoral behavior, lack of faith and morality in the media (3% for each).

A total of 93% said public morality should be a priority for the government (only 2% think otherwise). The opinions of people at various ages did not differ much.

As many as 1,600 people were polled in 100 cities and towns in 40 regions, territories and republics. The statistical error is 3.4%.

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