2011-01-28 13:22:00

Two thirds of Russians welcome Patriarch Kirill's course poll

Moscow, January 28, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is a personality known to most Russians, according to a poll, conducted on January 22 and 23 by VTSIOM pollster in 46 Russian regions.

70% of those surveyed named the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church correctly, compared to 68% in 2009.

A little over 27% of respondents now know his name compared to 26% in 2009, and most of them were men between the ages of 18 and 24 living in the Volga Region, and in rural areas, with little education.

Most of those who know who the head of the Russian Orthodox Church is respect him, and their number is growing with every passing year (53%, compared to 44% in 2009.) The percentage of those who trust the Russian Patriarch has increased to 25% from 21%.

Many (24%) spoke with sympathy about him, 23% said he fills their hearts with hope and 11% with admiration.

68% of those surveyed believe that the church policy, being pursued by the Patriarch, reflects the interests of the Russian public (compared to 64% earlier). Most of those who think so are elderly Orthodox believers, or citizens living in southern Russia. Only 4% of respondents disagree with this.

Patriarch Kirill was enthroned on February 1, 2009 at Moscow's Christ of the Savior Cathedral.