The Ukrainian Crisis

The survey took place between 17 and 20 April 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 LATEST EVENTS IN UKRAINE?

 

2014

2015

IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

XI

XII

I

II

13-16

III

20-23

III

IV

Very attentively

12

12

20

16

15

15

13

16

15

13

17

14

Somewhat attentively

48

46

45

48

49

37

35

43

43

35

40

33

Without any

particular attention

30

34

29

29

30

36

41

35

33

40

34

38

Not at all

10

8

6

5

6

11

9

5

9

11

8

14

I haven’t heard

anything about it

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

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IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT SHOULD BE RUSSIA’S PRIMARY GOALS IN ITS RELATIONS VIS-A-VIS UKRAINE? (multiple answers given)

 

Apr. 15

Restoration of good neighborly relations with Ukraine

40

Retaining Crimea as part of Russia

26

Developing economic cooperation between Russia and Ukraine

21

Preventing Ukraine from joining NATO

20

Fixing the price of gas for Ukraine at the same level as that for other European countries

19

Ousting the current leadership from the Ukrainian government

16

Maintaining normal gas supply from Russia to Europe

13

Division of Ukraine into Eastern and Western regions

8

Unification of Russia and Ukraine into a union state

7

Delaying Ukraine in joining the EU

6

Other

2

It is difficult to say

13

DO YOU SUPPORT THE ACCESSION OF CRIMEA TO RUSSIA?

 

2014*

2015

III

V

X

XI

XII

I

II

III

IV

Definitely yes

57

54

55

53

50

50

52

55

55

Probably yes

31

36

31

31

36

34

32

33

34

Probably no

6

4

7

6

7

8

9

6

6

Definitely no

1

1

2

5

3

4

3

2

2

It is difficult to say

4

5

5

6

4

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?”

WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING POINT OF VIEW ABOUT WHY THE WAR IN EASTERN UKRAINE IS STILL CONTINUING DO YOU MOST AGREE?

 

Apr. 15

The war in Eastern Ukraine is continuing because the leadership of the US and other Western countries needs this conflict to place blame on Russia and restrain Russia’s growth and influence in the world and elevate their own ideals

56

The war in Eastern Ukraine is continuing because the current leadership of Ukraine needs the war atmosphere to distract its citizens from the real economic and social problems in the country and preserve its grip on power

27

The war in Eastern Ukraine is continuing because of Russian interference in the conflict, by supporting the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics with soldiers, weapons, and equipment

6

It is difficult to say

11

IN YOUR OPINION, ARE THERE OR ARE THERE NOT RUSSIAN CITIZENS WHO ARE FIGHTING FOR THE DONETSK AND LUGANSK PEOPLE’S REPUBLICS?

 

Apr. 15

There are Russian soldiers where who went to defend Donetsk and Lugansk on their own volition for ideological reasons

48

There are Russian soldiers there who are fighting for Lugansk and Donetsk for money (mercenaries)

24

There are Russian soldiers fighting there under contract and were sent by their commanders

14

There are Russian soldiers fighting there and were sent by their commanders

6

No, in Donetsk and Lugansk, there are no Russian citizens fighting

11

It is difficult to say

16

ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT THE CURRENT FIGHTING IN EASTERN UKRAINE INCLUDING RUSSIAN VOLUNTEERS CAN TURN INTO A WAR…

 

…between Russia and Ukraine?

…between Russia and the West?

June 14

July 14

Apr. 15

June 14

July 14

Apr. 15

Largely concerned

26

26

11

21

21

10

Somewhat concerned

42

40

38

33

31

37

Not very concerned

19

23

33

23

27

31

Not at all concerned

7

6

13

15

13

14

It is difficult to say

6

5

5

9

8

7

WITH WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING OPINIONS ON RUSSIA’S SUPPORT OF DONBASS MILITIAS DO YOU MOST AGREE?

 

Apr. 15

Russian leaders are telling the truth – there are no Russian troops and military equipment in Ukraine

37

There are probably Russian militia and military equipment in Ukraine, but under the current international conditions, denying these facts is the right policy for Russia

38

There are Russian troops and military equipment in Ukraine and denying that will only escalate the situation and interfere with normal management of the situation in Ukraine

11

It is difficult to say

16

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