City Dwellers Show Loyalty
Published: May 30, 2012 (Issue # 1710)
The majority of St. Petersburg and Moscow residents love living in their cities, according to a new poll.
According to a sociological survey carried out by the website Superjob.ru, at least 87 percent of St. Petersburg residents and 72 percent of Moscow residents said they liked living in their cities.
St. Petersburg residents were quoted as saying, “I have loved St. Petersburg since I was a child and I’m still madly in love with it” and “St. Petersburg is closer to Europe, people are more well-mannered here than in some other cities, and life here is safer.”
However, according to the sociologists’ data, both St. Petersburg and Moscow have lost some of their fans; last year the number of St. Petersburg residents satisfied with their life in the city totaled 88 percent, while the figure in Moscow was 75.
This year the number of those dissatisfied with living in Moscow was registered at 28 percent. In St. Petersburg this number was 13 percent.
Fifty percent of Muscovites and 55 percent of Petersburgers said that the most actively developing spheres in the two cities were social — restaurants, clubs and other public places.
The fast rate of retail development was noted by 36 percent of Moscow residents and 38 percent of Petersburgers.