Russians support reunion with Crimea - poll

Seventy percent of Russians recently interviewed by the Levada Center believe that the reconnection with Crimea has generally benefited Russia, 18 percent took the opposition view, and 12 percent of respondents were unable to answer this question.

Seventy percent of Russians recently interviewed by the Levada Center believe that the reconnection with Crimea has generally benefited Russia, 18 percent took the opposition view, and 12 percent of respondents were unable to answer this question.

Eighty-eight percent of Russian citizens support the reunion of Russia and Crimea, as compared with 84 percent in January, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax on Tuesday.

When asked about the conflict in Ukraine's south-eastern regions, 26 percent of respondents believe that fighting in Donbas will stop after autumn, 12 percent of those polled said before autumn, 7 percent said before summer, 24 percent believe that this conflict will continue for years, 5 percent believe that fighting has effectively stopped, and 23 percent of respondents were unable to answer the question.

Seventy-one percent of respondents believe that Russia is not involved in the Ukrainian conflict, 17 percent expressed the opposite opinion, and 11 percent of those polled were undecided.

When commenting on sanctions imposed by the West on Russia, 64 percent of respondents said that the European Union is most likely to extend its anti-Russian sanctions in summer, 20 percent took the opposite view, and 16 percent of those polled were undecided.

The idea that Russia should continue its policy despite any sanctions was supported by 72 percent of respondents, as compared with 66 percent in December. At the same time, 21 percent of respondents believe that Russia should be ready to compromise in order to secure the cancellation of sanctions (24 percent in December), and 6 percent of those polled were unable to answer the question.

Forty-eight percent of Russians want the country's authorities to lift their ban on food imports from EU countries, 31 percent of those polled were opposed to this, and 20 percent were undecided.

The ban on food imports from EU countries and the United States was generally approved by 64 percent of respondents, 26 percent criticized it, and 9 percent of those polled were undecided.

The survey was conducted in 46 Russian regions in March and involved 1,600 people.

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