Just over half of Russians think that Russia should do what it takes to remain a consistent member of the G8. This was the conclusion of the All-Russian Center for Study of Societal Opinion (ACSSC). At the same time, the number of those who support this point of view has quickly dropped. In 2001, 70% of Russian supported Russia in the G8, and in 2002 it was already 65%.
Among respondents with higher education there were considerably more supporters of Russia's membership in the G8 than among those with middle or primary education (64%, 54%, and 37% respectively). In high income groups the number of supporters was also higher, gradually lowering to 65% in the group with an income of over USD 170 a month, and to 45% in the group with an income of less than USD 170 per month.
The All-Russian survey was given May 29-30, 2004 in 100 settlements in 39 regions, territories and republics within the country in the form of a domiciliary interview. 1592 people participated in the survey, which has a margin of error of +/- 3.4%.
The G8 summit takes place June 8-10 on the American island Sea Island. Participating in the summit are heads of the largest world powers (US, Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Japan, and Russia).
The prospective Russian unmanned underwater vehicle Poseidon will be launched for the first time this fall