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Big Food Conversation Online survey results

12.07.2011

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People of different ages, genders and professions, living in both cities and villages, shared their opinions and ‘food habits.’  We offered Russian Internet users the chance to take the survey on the Clicr.Ru community project’s website and answer the same questions that were asked in 15 countries so that we could compare results. Now, we have to wonder, how similar are we all…?
 
The survey took place between May 27 and June 30, 2011. A total of 653 respondents took part (81% women and 19% men), of whom 63% were aged 20 to 40, and 28% were aged 40 to 60.
 
72% of respondents were employed, 17% were university students, and 11% were students, unemployed and retired people.
 
Meanwhile, 32% of the survey’s participants lived in a metropolis, 25% in large and medium-sized cities, and 18% in villages, towns and small cities.
 
The first item in the survey asked participants to describe their favourite dish. There were very few dishes that were named by several people, among them plov (rice pilaf), potatoes, vegetables and vegetable salads, seafood, pelmeni (tortellini), manty (dumplings), and fruit.  We also received the following responses: “I don’t have a favourite dish; my tastes change all the time,” “I don’t have a favourite dish, because for me variety is important,” “any fresh healthy food,” and “everything that tastes good.”
 
Several choices were given for the question “What influences the purchasing price of food products?”  Here is the breakdown of respondents’ answers:



A total of 85% of respondents said that the amount of food products they consume on a daily basis is sufficient or mostly sufficient.
 
Among the most acute problems related to food, half of respondents cited the following: “price of food products,” “safety of food products,” and “nutrition of food products and the extent of their health benefits.”
 
The survey question “Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: ‘I no longer eat some of the food products that I used to eat two years ago’” generated the following responses: 59% of respondents said that they fully or somewhat agreed with this statement, 19% somewhat agree with it, and only 10% said that they fully disagreed with the statement.
 
Nearly 40% of all those who said that they no longer eat certain food products were doing so because of health issues, and 28% due to the uncertainty about the ingredients of these products.
 
Here is a pie chart of answers to the question “How much of your income do you spend on food?”:



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