Third of Russians think sun spins round Earth?

MOSCOW Fri Feb 11, 2011 11:36am EST

An orthodox cathedral is silhouetted as the sun sets in the village Zelyonaya Sloboda 50 km southeast from Moscow in this picture taken late on July 12, 2004. REUTERS/Viktor Korotayev

An orthodox cathedral is silhouetted as the sun sets in the village Zelyonaya Sloboda 50 km southeast from Moscow in this picture taken late on July 12, 2004.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Does the sun revolve around the Earth? One in every three Russians thinks so, a spokeswoman for state pollster VsTIOM said on Friday.

In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the center of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.

"It's really quite amazing," spokeswoman Olga Kamenchuk said of the survey that polled 1,600 people across Russia's regions in January, with a 3.4-percent margin of error.

"All of them (the questions) were absolutely obvious... the data speaks of the low levels of education in the country."

However, people tend to forget what they have been taught at school if it is not part of daily use, she added: "I wonder whether our colleagues in other countries would find any different."

The study also found that women were more likely than men to believe the scientific fallacies.

(Writing by Alissa de Carbonnel; Editing by Paul Casciato)

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Comments (22)
pauluskc wrote:
my Russian (heritage, not born) wife thinks the world revolves around her, so this study may not be far from the truth.

Love you honey!

Feb 11, 2011 2:14pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Eideard wrote:
So, is Russia truly part of Kansas – or Texas?

Feb 11, 2011 3:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
VeronicaLodge wrote:
In a survey of Russian high school girls, 25% said that they wantd to be prostitutes after they graduated from school. This is mostly attributed to the poor economic conditions in Russia.

Feb 11, 2011 7:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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