A quarter of Russians have reported cases of “personal encounters” with witchcraft

More than a quarter of Russians faced with the manifestations of magic and witchcraft. This is stated in the results of sociological opinion poll.

From the results of the survey shows that a quarter of Russians (27%) said that faced with its manifestations personally,” but the majority of respondents (71%) said that the person with the affliction has not met. According to the survey, 36% of Russians believe in the ability of individuals to practice witchcraft and cast spells, 41% of respondents do not believe it. Almost 20% of respondents noted that they feel to sorcerers hostility and fear, while 15% consider them scams. Almost half of Russians (43%) replied that they are looking for protection from witchcraft in the Church, 14% wear a cross or amulet.

“The Russians refer to witchcraft negatively, but rather tend to justify those who turn to sorcerers and witch doctors” — emphasizes the analyst VTsIOM Ivan Lekomtsev.

Poll was conducted October 22-23, 2016. Survey method — telephone interviews in a stratified random sample of dibasic landline and mobile numbers 1,600 respondents. The sample is based on the complete list of phone numbers involved in the territory of the Russian Federation.