№ 1, 2005
Public opinion and foreign policy of modern Russia
The article is based on the analysis of opinion polls on foreign policy that are regularly conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM). The authors analyze how important the public mood is in the elaboration of foreign policy decisions (the study includes historical retrospective). The attention is focused on the society’s reaction to government's foreign policy steps. Comparing opinion polls data for several years, the authors reveal the tendency that Russia locks itself within its own limits, sticks to its own problems or, at most, those of the former Soviet republics and several distant foreign states (such as the USA, the European Union, China). This provokes loss of interest to foreign policy in general by VCIOM respondents'.
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