The majority (70 percent) of Russian citizens interviewed by the Public Opinion foundation believe that Russia should seek to unite with other states fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization, which is outlawed in Russia, the foundation has said.
However, 9 percent of respondents believe that Russia ought to crack down on ISIS acting on its own, 10 percent of those polled suggested ending the Russian air campaign in Syria altogether, and another 10 percent were unable to answer this question.
The survey was conducted in 480 localities across Russia on December 12-13 and involved 1,000 people.
Meanwhile, two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) believe that in the near future, countries fighting against ISIL will unite and will begin acting jointly. Twenty-two percent of those polled took the opposite view and 13 percent were undecided.
Sixty-one percent of Russians also think that countries currently conducting military operations against ISIS pursue different goals, 28 percent of respondents said that these countries have the same goals, and 10 percentof those polled were unable to answer this question.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents approve of the Russian air campaign against terrorist targets in Syria, but do not want their country to join any ground military operations (68 percent).
Acting on orders issued by Russia's President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin, the Russian Aerospace Forces have been carrying out pinpoint strikes against ISIS targets on the ground in Syria since Sept. 30.
Russia stepped up its bombardments of terrorists in Syria after the Russian Federal Security Service announced that a Russian Airbus A321 passenger jet crashed in the Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31 as a result of a terrorist attack. An explosion occurred on board the A321 plane, en route from Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg, killing all 217 passengers and seven crewmembers.
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