‘Young Russians Love Putin, State Ownership and Socialism,’ Poll Finds

Those aged 17 to 34 favor socialist values more than liberal ones by 28 to 20 percent, and 73 percent of this cohort favor state ownership of major enterprises. Only 17 percent believe they should be privately held.

At the same time, young people in Russia are far more inclined to say that “Russia now is moving in the correct direction” (69 percent) than are their elders, only 33 percent of whom agree with that statement, according to a recent Levada Center poll. And perhaps most striking of all, only 18 percent of young Russians say the country is moving in the wrong direction.