For example, 64% of young Russians said they were ready to protect their motherland, whereas only 34% of European young people expressed such patriotism. Russians are more upbeat about the future: almost 80%, compared to 46% of Europeans, are positive that they will live better than their parents.
The survey shows that young Russians have strong ambitions. Over 40% of respondents want to become famous, compared to less than 20% in Europe. Europeans are hindered by the belief that fame should be based on talent and that to a large degree it depends on the opinion of other people.
In regard to satisfaction with their appearance, Russian and European responses were also very different. Sixty-two percent of Russian young people, and only 35% of Europeans, "are satisfied when they look in the mirror." This however, does not prevent 47% of Russians from saying they want to "improve" their bodies with the help of plastic surgery, whereas only 20% of Europeans would be willing to do so.
Today Russian young people want more of everything - success, work, money, entertainment, possessions, communication - and they are certain they can get it all on their own. Russia has more young people who have the philosophy of a winner, 75% compared to 50% in Europe.