Is the talking point I’d use if I was in the business of making pro-Russia propaganda.
|Gathering documents for exit||<1||1||1||1||<1||1||1||1||1||1||<1|
|Have taken definite decision to leave||<1||1||2||3||1||3||2||1||1||2||1|
|Thinking of leaving||3||3||6||5||5||5||4||4||7||7||6|
|Something think of leaving||18||19||21||17||17||13||10||16||16||16||16|
|Never think of leaving||79||78||69||68||73||76||82||76||73||74||78|
Of course, a more accurate summary is that there has been no major change in this indicator since records began.
This hasn’t stopped the Western media from weaponizing the latest Levada poll to blare out the onset of the nth wave of Russian youth fleeing from PUTLER.
- RFERL: Number Of Young Russians Who Want To Emigrate Hits Highest Level In Decade
- Moscow Times: Young Russians’ Desire to Leave Hits 10-Year High – Poll
- Bloomberg: Generation Z Wants to Leave Russia in Record Numbers, Poll Shows
… based on a modest uptick in the percentage of 18-24 y/o’s saying they want to emigrate (blue).
But young people everywhere are more energetic and explorative, so to get a better picture of whether Russians truly hate living in their own country you’d have to compare like to like, e.g. all age groups.
The percentage of all Russians wishing to emigrate as of this September 2019 poll is at 21%, which is somewhat higher but broadly in line with the long-term average.
|Certainly yes||Sooner yes||Sooner no||Certainly not||N/A|
Meanwhile, 20%-21% of EU citizens have wanted to emigrate to another country during the 2010-2017 period – basically the exact same figure as in Russia now.