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Sanctions and Countersanctions

The survey took place between 19 and 22 June 2015 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 800 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 4.1%.

Sanctions on Russia and Countersanctions

IN YOUR OPINION, WHO IS THE TARGET OF THE CURRENT SANCTIONS FROM WESTERN COUNTRIES?

 

May.14

Jun.14

Sept. 14

Dec. 14

Jun.15

The general Russian population

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31

41

54

46

Only a narrow group of people who are responsible for Russian politics in relation to Ukraine

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35

30

15

29

Western leaders have not taken into consideration the extent to which their sanctions have affected the general Russian population

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22

21

21

19

It is difficult to say

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12

8

10

7

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT IS THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF WESTERN COUNTRIES IN TIGHTENING THEIR SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA?

 

Sept. 14

Dec. 14

Jun.15

To weaken and humiliate Russia

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72

66

To restore the geopolitical balance that was disrupted by Crimea’s accession to Russia

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14

21

To stop the war, destruction, and death in Eastern Ukraine

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6

5

It is difficult to say

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7

8

HAVE THE WESTERN SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA CREATED ANY PROBLEMS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

 

Sept. 14

Dec. 14

Jan. 15

Jun. 15

Yes, very serious problems

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8

7

8

Yes, somewhat serious problems

14

23

27

25

No, no serious problems

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47

45

49

No, no problems at all

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13

12

13

It is difficult to say

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10

9

5

IN YOUR OPINION, DO THE WESTERN SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE ANY PROBLEMS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

 

Sept. 14

Dec. 14

Jan. 15

Jun.15

Yes, very serious problems

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7

10

7

Yes, somewhat serious problems

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38

37

25

No, no serious problems

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35

33

39

No, no problems at all

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10

10

14

It is difficult to say

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10

10

15

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW SHOULD RUSSIA REACT TO THE SANCTIONS OF WESTERN COUNTRIES?

 

Sept.

14

Dec.

14

Jan.

15

Mar.

15

Jun.

15

Continue its own policies, ignoring the sanctions

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66

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70

Find a compromise and make concessions in order to avoid the sanctions

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24

21

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20

It is difficult to say

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11

11

6

10

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT SHOULD THE RUSSIAN LEADERSHIP DO IN THE PRESENT SITUATION, IN WHICH WESTERN COUNTRIES HAVE ENACTED STRICT ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA AS A RESULT OF RUSSIAN POLICY IN CRIMEA AND UKRAINE? (multiple answers given)

 

Jan.

15

Jun.

15

Strengthen economic and military ties with the Middle East, China, and India

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42

Enact strict countersanctions against these countries

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38

Ignore the sanctions and continue with the same domestic and foreign policies

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37

Increase the military budget, allocating additional funds towards strengthening the country’s defenses

18

16

Attempt to find a compromise, reexamine policy in Crimea and support of rebels in Donbass

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10

Refuse to pay foreign debt

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7

Other

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1

It is difficult to say

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6

A focus on Ukrainian current events and the accession of Crimea to Russia

The survey took place between 19 and 22 June 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 CURRENT EVENTS IN UKRAINE?

 

2014

2015

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VII

VIII

XI

XII

I

II

13-16

III

20-23

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IV

V

VI

Very

attentively

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16

15

15

13

16

15

13

17

14

13

18

Somewhat

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49

37

35

43

43

35

40

33

37

36

Not particularly

attentively

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29

30

36

41

35

33

40

34

38

37

35

Not at all

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5

6

11

9

5

9

11

8

14

11

10

I haven’t heard

anything about this

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1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

<1

2

1

DO YOU SUPPORT THE ACCESSION OF CRIMEA TO RUSSIA?

 

2014*

2015

III

V

X

XI

XII

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

Definitely yes

57

54

55

53

50

50

52

55

55

56

53

Probably yes

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36

31

31

36

34

32

33

34

29

34

Probably not

6

4

7

6

7

8

9

6

6

7

7

Definitely not

1

1

2

5

3

4

3

2

2

2

2

It is difficult to say

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5

5

6

4

4

4

4

4

6

4

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

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF EASTERN UKRAINE (DONETSK AND LUGANSK OBLASTS)? WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS DO YOU MOST PREFER?

 

 

2014

2015

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IV

V

VI

VII

VIII

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XI

XII

I

II

VI

I would prefer that Eastern Ukraine become an independent state

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25

36

39

41

40

46

43

40

43

41

39

I would prefer that Eastern Ukraine remain a part of Ukraine but that it receive greater independence from Kiev

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21

17

19

17

18

21

18

25

17

21

24

I would prefer that Eastern Ukraine become a part of Russia

48

35

26

25

23

21

16

17

13

19

15

19

I would prefer that Eastern Ukraine remain a part of Ukraine under the same conditions as before the crisis

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6

6

5

7

6

5

6

6

4

7

4

It is difficult to say

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13

15

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15

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