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Poll shows Russians satisfied, optimistic

Jan. 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM

MOSCOW, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Russians are more satisfied with their lives, and more optimistic, than at any time in recent years, a state-run public-opinion poll indicates.

RIA Novosti said the VTsIOM survey, conducted last month indicated Russians' overall satisfaction with life earned a score of 60 points, up from 43 in 2011.

The scoring system runs from minus 100 for most negative to 100 for most positive.

The poll indicated Russians are more positive about their families' financial situations and more optimistic about how they will be living a year from now.

RIA Novosti said the numbers are still down from 2007, before the financial global meltdown.

The six-question poll, released Thursday, involved 1,600 respondents and the margin of error was 3.4 percent.

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