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Gallup: Majority of Americans Now Consider Russia a Critical Threat It has also, for the second time since February 2015, become America's "greatest enemy." But if the percentage of Americans saying that was 18% back then, now it is at 32%. Relative to average Russia disapproval of 73%, this reaches 80% amongst Democrats, 84% amongst... Read More
As per Zach Goldberg, a politics researcher at Georgetown State: Now to be sure, they may just about be right about Hispanics; at least Ron Unz argues so - while I used to be convinced, others have made good counter arguments, so I don't really know. But they're certainly at the same order of magnitude,... Read More
I have already mentioned that there is virtually zero popular support for handing over the Kurils to Japan, so current hopes (and histrionics) on this topic are almost certainly nothing but hot air. I wouldn't even be making this post if not for a new development in this saga - the appearance of concrete numbers... Read More
The Kremlin "ideologue" Vladislav Surkov has recently written an article for Nezavisimaya Gazeta called "Putin's Long State." It posits that the Putinist system's power stems from its unique ability to "listen and understand" Russia's "deep people" - in contradistinction to the "deep states" that control the West beneath their democratic facades. This means that the... Read More
I wrote why giving away the Kurils (even just two of the islands) to Japan in exchange for fuzzy and unenforceable investment commitments is a really bad idea back in 2010 and I see no cause to change any of that. One big problem, then as now, is that ordinary Russians are against it. The... Read More
Ask and ye shall receive! Via Nightfox: Here is a partial list of worldwide opinion polls on genetic editing: https://www.geneticsandsociety.org/internal-content/cgs-summary-public-opinion-polls. Highlights below. (Sample sizes not listed are unavailable.) TL;DR US support for cognitive enhancements collapsed in the 1990s. Support for genetic editing appears to be higher outside the Hajnal line (see Turkey, Italy, Spain). U.K.,... Read More
It was carried out a couple of weeks after China's CRISPRgate. Results are basically the same as for the July 2018 poll by PEW, in which 72% consider gene editing for treating a serious condition at birth appropriate but only 19% support it for intelligence augmentation. Other polls I'm aware of: Chinese poll in 2018... Read More
There's a few theories that I push over and over again when discussions on European social trends come up: Communism was a "deep freezer" that conserved antediluvian ("based" in our lingvo) social attitudes in Eastern Europe, at least relative to countries under the American sphere of influence. These attitudes express themselves particularly strongly on LGBT,... Read More
Hot on the heels of the Center for Immigration Studies report comes a study from the PEW polling organization, which estimates that there were 250,000 births to illegal immigrants in the US in 2016. Given the vast challenges in estimating births to illegals, the degree of agreement between the two organizations - which have rather... Read More
This graph shows support for gay marriage in Estonia by age group and language (blue - Russian; red - Estonian). The older people lived in one homophobic country. Amongst younger people, Estonians tuned into Estonian language media, which I imagine is highly Europeanized, or even went straight to the source (English language media). Russians tuned... Read More
A year ago I wrote about a huge PEW opinion poll of religious belief in Eastern Europe. As it happens, one of the questions dealt with the question of which Patriarch the Orthodox believers of each country consider to be the highest authority in Orthodoxy. There is a grand total of one country where EP... Read More
Recently released PEW opinion poll: A majority of Europeans favor taking in refugees, but most disapprove of EU’s handling of the issue What strikes me is how close the correlation is. Above a "safe point" of 70% pro-refugee sentiment, everyone is a globalist. Below a "critical point" of 60% pro-refugee sentiment, everyone is some sort... Read More
Results of the large annual Levada poll (July 2018) on "xenophobia" and attitudes towards immigration: Wouldn't let [X] into Russia. From left to right: Jews; Ukrainians; Chinese; Chechens; Central Asians; Africans; Gypsies. . 2004 2006 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Gypsies 32% 29% 22% 30% 18% 29% 32% 23% 22%... Read More
PEW: Russians Say Their Government Did Not Try to Influence U.S. Presidential Election On US/Russian electoral interference in other countries. (This seems broadly correct). Not so keen on intervention. In the previous PEW poll, it emerged there are some countries that are more Russian nationalist (e.g. Serbia and Armenia) than Russia itself, at least on... Read More
Alexey Bessudnov (2016) - Ethnic Hierarchy and Public Attitudes towards Immigrants in Russia Interesting paper on attitudes towards immigrants in Russia. Big sample (n=24,500). It is written from very neoliberalism.txt perspective (e.g. Ctrl-F on "xeno-" yields 37 matches; "prejudice" yields 17 matches), but data is data. Highlights: 1. Russian regions by "xenophobia."
In the past few days, VCIOM released the results of a large opinion poll about Russian attitudes towards the Revolution, the Civil War, and various historical figures. The results largely speak for themselves, but to identify the most important elements: 1. Soviet attitudes are dying out. While older generations are still highly "pro-Soviet" historically, attitudes... Read More
Data from European Social Survey Round 8 (2016) via Alexandre Afonso (h/t Emil): In ordered form: Russia might not as hardcore as Czechia or Hungary, but it's still way more skeptical of alien immigration than the European average. Israel, Poland, Italy, Estonia, and Austria round off Europe's based leagues. Meanwhile, all the usual suspects are... Read More
Via /r/europe. Is Poland even a Slavic country? The most "based" (not to mention correct) countries are Eastern Europe minus Poland, Portugal, and the Brits and Irish. Portugal is surprising. The usual explanation for why they don't have a lot of Muslims - just 0.4% of the population, which is a basically Visegrad number -... Read More
From the most recent Eurobarometer poll [see also other countries]: Strange patterns, at first glance. Even just a few years ago, this map would have been unrecognizable, with East European countries viewing Russia with relatively greater hostility than Western Europe. So what changed? Well, what I suspect happened is a European version of the return... Read More
Russia's greenness is immediately amusing set against the crimson autistic screeching of the West, but still, there's interesting details hidden in detailed actual report. For instance, Israeli approval increased the most of any significant country, by 14% points (only Liberia and Macedonia increased by more), to 67% total approval. Meanwhile, while Russia's approval did increase,... Read More
Navalny claimed that the state-owned pollsters VCIOM were artificially inflating Putin's figures, so his Anti-Corruption Fund will start releasing their own weekly polls, the first of which has just been released in Navalny's latest video address. Reminder that Putin got 66% in the last FOM poll, and 73% in the last VCIOM poll. FBK poll:... Read More
In my previous post, I posted this map of how comfortable Europeans are regarding love relationships of their children in regards to race, and AP provided the original stats. I am always a bit saddened that Russia doesn't participate in the Eurobarometer polls, but fortunately, I found that VCIOM asked rather similar questions in polls... Read More
But just because American GIs fought Nazis didn't necessarily make them Maoist thugs, as @tcjfs pointed out. And another user, @pnin1957, brought up statistics suggesting that the American GIs who stormed the beaches of Normandy would have been veritable shitlords today. These are the results of a 1942 survey of white enlisted personnel in the... Read More
At the tail end of the Cold War, there was an incredible atmosphere of Americanophilia throughout the USSR, including amongst Russians. Blue - approve of USA; orange - disapprove. Around 75%-80% of Russians approved of the United States around 1990, versus <10% disapproval. By modern standards, this would have put Russia into the top leagues... Read More
When finishing up yesterday's post I realized that Transparency International has finished releasing its final version of the Global Corruption Barometer. By far the most interesting indicator is the percentageof people who report paying a bribe in the past 12 months (more precisely, the percentage of households who paid a bribe when accessing basic services).... Read More
I meant to write about this PEW poll when it came out this May. Better late than never, I guess. They highlight what they consider "9 key findings" here. Here is what I found to be the most interesting, significant, and/or surprising: This doubles as a rough demographic tally. Russia is around 10% Muslim -... Read More
Gallup: New Index Shows Least-, Most-Accepting Countries for Migrants The least acceptive countries are in Eastern Europe, constituting nine of the top ten - the sole exception is Israel. The most positive country is Iceland, with Sweden in 7th place. Japan isn't really the center of "basedness" that that dissident right paints it as; it... Read More
Results of the new PEW poll on international relations. ROG-ZOG alliance on Trump. Russia is also the major country where approval of the US went up since Trump's election. These figures are however a bit outdated (they were gathered this spring). Levada, which keeps track of Russian opinion of foreign countries, showed US approval falling... Read More
Latest poll on the "greatest people of all times and places": 1989 1994 1999 2003 2008 2012 2017 Stalin 12 20 35 40 36 42 38 Putin – – – 21 32 22 34 Pushkin 25 23 42 39 47 29 34 Lenin 72 34 42 43 34 37 32 Peter the Great 38 41... Read More
The figures for Russia are from Levada, those for Ukraine are from KMIS. The basic story is that there was a (mutual) collapse in Ukraine-Russia views of the other country around 2014, which has remained steady since.
In my coverage of the French elections, I've been vaccilating between optimism and pessimism. Obviously, Le Pen's result - 34% of the vote - was unprecedentedly good, and her popularity seemed to be especially strong amongst French youth. On the other hand, it was perhaps not as good a result as could have been expected,... Read More
I haven't been able to locate any international surveys on Macron vs. Le pen like there were for Trump, unsurprisingly so, since France is after all less important than the US. Still, I have been able to find polls from Germany, Russia, and the UK. *** According to a ZDF poll of who would be... Read More
The other day a Levada poll was released showing an apparently lackluster performance by Navalny in a hypothetical Presidential race against Putin and the other candidates. If there were elections on the coming Sunday, who would you vote for? (The figures below exclude those said they don't know, or don't intend to vote). Apr13 Apr14... Read More
Should the government try to limit the inflow of immigrants, or should it not place any administrative barriers and try to use it for the benefit of Russia?   Red = Restrict immigration; Blue = Don't place barriers; Green = N/A. This makes sense. The early 2000s saw an all time low in immigration to... Read More
One of the reasons that I consider the results of these elections to have been strongly disappointing for the Front National is that it represents not just a stunting but a reversal of their upwards trend since the late 2000s. For instance, back in December 2015, the Front National almost doubled their share of the... Read More
Almost two weeks since the street protests against corruption, the first poll results have started to trickle in, and the provide a mixed picture. (1) Politician Approval Ratings Putin's approval rating remains at 82% as of this March, almost unbudged from February's 84%. On the other hand, the approval rating of Prime Minister Medvedev, the... Read More
In my 2017 predictions, I wrote: Latest polls: The gap is only 2 points now. Republicans, at least are returning the favor. The New Cold War might well be petering out in a premature end. The Germans are far less happy with Trump, though. Feel free to spy on their Chancellor to your heart's content,... Read More
I have been thinking about how to optimize my blogging and I would like to ask for your input with the following one page survey: http://darussophile.polldaddy.com/s/june-2016-akarlin-reader-survey In particular, I would like to hear from you on the following questions: What should I write more about? What should I write less about? What sorts of posts... Read More
According to the latest figures from Gallup, only 1% of Russians approve of the US leadership. This is quite impressive. Not often you get such extreme figures. Although the percentage of truly committed "zapadniks" in Russia is not high, around 15% at most, I do think the data must have taken a sharp turn down... Read More
Many puzzling sociological developments can be explained through opinion polls. According to recent YouGov polls carried out in the US and Britain: (1) Only 30% of American 18-29 year old men describe themselves as "completely" masculine, compared to 65% of over 65s. (2) If you are of the opinion this isn't a great trend then... Read More
According to a recent BBC/Globescan opinion poll, Russia and Germany (sic!) are some of the most ethnically nationalistic major countries on the planet. Here are some highlights from the full report (PDF): Curiously, the current pattern, in which the advanced/OECD nations (Canada, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Spain, UK, USA) have become more insular than non-OECD nations... Read More
These are the results of a recent YouGov/Handelsblatt poll on which leader the citizens of the G20 countries want to see as the next US President. Russia is the only country where more people, by a considerable margin, support Donald Trump becoming US President (31%) than support Hillary Clinton (10%). This might come as a... Read More
Based on a December 22, 2015 WIN/Gallup International poll: [Click to enlarge]. Note that this indicates net approval, that is, the percentage of people with a favorable view of Putin minus the percentage of people with an unfavorable view of him. One immediately striking thing is just how how uniform Western attitudes are. Note how... Read More
A few months ago, I wrote the following: Well, now we do have such polls, not only for the US and Britain but also for some other countries of interest like Germany and Finland, all thanks to two big recent polls by YouGov and ICM Research. Updated with an additional IFOP poll for France, and... Read More
Here are three very important graphs for comprehending the ebb and flow of Russia's relations with the West, and why what some are now calling the New Cold War might well be here to stay. Russian approval of the United States (green is positive, red is negative): Russian approval of the EU: While it's hard... Read More
Foreign Policy reports on a massive opinion poll of International Relations experts on immigration, the wisdom of leaving Iraq, and the likelihood of war between the US and China or Russia. Here is the PDF. In some cases, their answers are compared to those of the public at large. For the most part, it's all... Read More
Title got your attention? No, it's not going to be... that. Read on. While the rest of the world (or a few Europeans, anyway) is obsessed with yet another "Polish death camps" episode, this time on CNN, a somewhat more significant historical scandal brewed between Poland and Russia. Explaining away Poroshenko's status as a guest... Read More
Here is the discussion at this on The Russia Debate. My friend and DR commentator Alexander Mercouris correctly predicted this outcome - that Serdyukov would be charged, but that it is a complex case that will take a long time and likely avoid more the more serious allegations in favor of those that can be... Read More
I have managed to find 3 polls querying people on their attitudes towards radical life extension. By far the most comprehensive one is PEW's August 2013 Living to 120 and Beyond project. The other two are a poll of CARP members, a Canadian pro-elderly advocacy group, and by Russia's Levada Center. While PEW and Levada... Read More
1. The CEC results Here they are. The turnout was 32%. Sergey Sobyanin – 51.37% Alexei Navalny – 27.24% Ivan Melnikov – 10.69% Sergey Mitrokhin – 3.51% Mikhail Degtyaryov – 2.86% Nikolai Levichev – 2.79% Invalid ballots – 1.53% 2. Pre-elections opinion polls: Navalny's support - among those who indicated a clear preference for one... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.