More than 50 percent of Russians are going to follow the broadcast of the 2018 FIFA World Cup games, a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center showed on Friday.
According to the results, 52 percent of the respondents are looking forward to watching the World Cup matches, with 32 percent of them interested only in the games where the Russian national team are set to play.
At the same time, 57 percent of the respondents said they were indifferent to football and only seven percent called themselves football fans.
While almost 80 percent of the respondents are going to support the national team at the tournament, reigning champions Germany, five-time World Cup winners Brazil and 2010 World Cup champions Spain are also popular with the Russians.
The poll was conducted among 2,000 respondents over 18 years of age on May 31 and June 2, with the margin of error not exceeding 2.2 percent.
Russia's first-ever World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 arenas in 11 cities across the country. Teams will play in Moscow, Kaliningrad, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg.