Staunton, Dec. 5 – More than 60 percent of Russians say jokes about bosses, family members and social and economic problems are perfectly acceptable; but even higher percentages say jokes about health, religion or national differences are not, according to a new VTsIOM poll.
Three Russians out of four have a negative attitude toward black humor, the polling agency says; only five percent have positive feelings about it, with 16 percent more saying they are neutral or indifferent to it (wciom.ru/analytical-reviews/analiticheskii-obzor/shutki-v-storonu-ili-nad-chem-smejatsja-mozhno-a-nad-chem-ne-stoit).
Most Russians think they have a sense of humor, with 40 percent saying they have it to a great extent, and 45 percent more saying they have some. Only one in 25 – four percent – say they don’t have a sense of humor at all.
However all this may be, and it is likely that some of these answers reflect the judgments of Russians about what they should say rather than how they actually feel and behave, Russians continue to come up with anecdotes about all aspects of their lives. This week’s selection by Larisa Kazakevich, focuses on family issues (publizist.ru/blogs/115058/41486/-