Ukraine, Crimea, and the Sanctions

The survey took place in March 2015 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1600 people over the age of 18 in 134 localities of 46 of the country’s regions. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error of these studies does not exceed 3.4%.

HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING THE RECENT EVENTS IN UKRAINE?

 

2013

2014

2015

XII

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

XI

XII

I

II

III

Very

attentively

4

9

13

18

12

12

20

16

15

15

13

16

15

17

Somewhat

attentively

21

35

44

46

48

46

45

48

49

37

35

43

43

40

Not very

attentively

40

40

31

29

30

34

29

29

30

36

41

35

33

34

Not at all

17

10

9

4

10

8

6

5

6

11

9

5

9

8

I haven’t

heard

anything

18

6

4

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

DO YOU SUPPORT THE ACCESSION OF CRIMEA TO RUSSIA?

 

2014*

2015

III

V

X

XI

XII

I

II

III

Definitely yes

57

54

55

53

50

50

52

55

Probably yes

31

36

31

31

36

34

32

33

Probably no

6

4

7

6

7

8

9

6

Definitely no

1

1

2

5

3

4

3

2

It is difficult to say

4

5

5

6

4

4

4

4

*In March and May, the question was asked in the following format: “Are you personally for or against Crimea’s accession to Russia?”

IN YOUR OPINION, HAS CRIMEA’S ACCESSION TO RUSSIA BROUGHT MORE GOOD OR MORE BAD TO RUSSIA?

 

Mar. 15

More good

70

More bad

18

It is difficult to say

12

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT WERE THE FEELINGS IN UKRAINE TOWARDS CRIMEA’S ACCESSION TO RUSSIA? (one answer)

 

2014

2015

III

IV

V

VII

VIII

III

There haven’t been any particularly

negative feelings towards Russia

17

19

16

15

9

9

Negative feelings, but not turning into

hatred towards Russia

and the Russian government

25

29

22

15

15

19

Hatred towards the Russian government,

but not Russia as a whole

18

19

20

20

23

24

Hatred towards Russia as a whole

24

29

26

37

38

38

It is difficult to say

17

4

16

12

15

10

IN YOUR OPINION, ARE THERE CURRENTLY RUSSIAN TROOPS IN UKRAINE?

 

Mar. 15

Definitely yes

6

Probably yes

24

Probably no

31

Definitely no

20

It is difficult to say

19

The question was previously answered on the following scale:

 

Sept. 14

Nov. 14

Feb. 15

Yes

29

25

25

No

49

53

53

It is difficult to say

23

22

22

IN YOUR OPINION, IS RUSSIA CURRENTLY TAKING MILITARY ACTION AGAINST UKRAINE?

 

Mar. 15

Definitely yes

4

Probably yes

13

Probably no

36

Definitely no

35

It is difficult to say

11

IN YOUR OPINION, WHEN WILL THE MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN DONBASS END?

 

Mar. 15

It is already practically over

5

Before the end of March

4

Before the summer

7

Before the fall

12

Later

26

It will continue for many years

24

It is difficult to say

23

 Sanctions

IN YOUR OPINION, WILL THE EUROPEAN UNION EXTEND ITS SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA THROUGH THE SUMMER OF THIS YEAR?

 

Mar. 15

Definitely yes

15

Probably yes

49

Probably no

17

Definitely no

3

It is difficult to say

16

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW SHOULD RUSSIA ACT IN RESPONSE TO SANCTIONS FROM THE WEST?

 

Sept. 14

Dec. 14

Jan. 15

Mar. 15

Continue its own policies, disregarding the sanctions

68

66

69

72

Find a compromise and make concessions in order to have the sanctions lifted

22

24

21

21

It is difficult to say

10

11

11

6

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE IDEA OF LIFTING THE BAN ON IMPORTING FOOD PRODUCTS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION?

 

Mar. 15

Entirely positively

14

Somewhat positively

34

Somewhat negatively

25

Extremely negatively

6

It is difficult to say

20

GENERALLY, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT INTRODUCING BANS ON THE IMPORT OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE US IN RESPONSE TO THE SANCTIONS THAT THESE COUNTRIES HAVE IMPOSED ON RUSSIA?

 

Aug. 14

Oct. 14

Mar. 15

Definitely positively

36

29

19

Probably positively

42

44

45

Probably negatively

8

13

21

Definitely negatively

5

2

4

It is difficult to say

9

12

9

HAS YOUR FAMILY EXPERIENCED ANY PROBLEMS PURCHASING FOOD DUE TO THE BAN ON FOOD IMPORTS FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION AND THE US?

 

Aug. 14

Oct. 14

Mar. 15

Almost none

63

52

38

Not too serious

27

35

40

Somewhat serious

5

8

18

Very serious

1

1

2

It is difficult to say

4

4

2

Translated by Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly  Monterey Institute of International Studies).