Poll shows that Russians are basically ~50/50 on whether women changing their surname about marriage should be “mandatory” or not.
This happens to be the exact same figure in the US. Half of Americans believe it should be a “government requirement.” And that survey is from 2019.
This suggests that Russians aren’t fundamentally more “conservative” than Americans (to the extent that term means something).
This reminds me of my post predicting gay marriage in Poland by 2030. But what it was really about is that the idea that people’s beliefs are largely set by the cultural elites. With something like gay marriage, it became a culture war wedge issue, with elite authorities such as the MSM pushing it in US, while Russia to the contrary started to aggressively “differentiate” its brand on that issue from around 2010. Russian support for gay marriage, which was approaching 1/3 of the population in cities such as Moscow and Saint-Petersburg during the 2000s, collapsed during the 2010s.
But other issues not so “ideologically loaded” didn’t see anything like this.
Today, almost 70% of Americans support gay marriage. Truly radical and absurd ideas such as transgender in sports have 30% support.
Meanwhile, a solid 50% of Americans remain “conservative” on what is a remarkably “patriarchal” (if irrelevant) onomastic holdover from the social arrangements constructed by feudal elites to streamline inheritance questions. I find that rather amusing. And telling about how society actually works.