17512Church must not get involved in politics - poll
- Feb 11, 2013http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=10265
11 February 2013, 10:12
Church must not get involved in politics - poll
Moscow, February 11, Interfax - Some 51% of the respondents polled by
the Public Opinion Foundation say the clergy's involvement in politics
The opinion was mostly expressed by Muscovites (65%), St. Petersburg
residents (56%), people with a monthly income higher than 20,000 rubles
and managers (58%).
A quarter of Russians believe that clerics may speak up on political
subjects but should take no part in politics. The majority of such
respondents are St. Petersburg residents (30%), people ages 18 to 30,
specialists and people with a higher education (27%).
Eleven percent welcome the church's engagement in the political life of
the country. They do not mind if clerics become deputies, mayors or
These people have monthly incomes less than 4,000 rubles, villagers and
the unemployed (14%). Six percent of Muscovites and St. Petersburg
residents approved of the political activity of the church.
Twelve percent of Russians are hesitant about the church's role in politics.