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Russia-West Relations

This survey took place between 23 and 26 October 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%.

AS WE KNOW, IN THE PAST, RUSSIA HAS FOUND ITSELF IN CONFLICTS WITH A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS IS CLOSEST TO YOUR PERSONAL VIEWS? (one answer)

 

May.98

Mar.14

Oct.15

Russia has never been the aggressor or initiator of a conflict with other countries

37

55

59

In the majority of cases, Russia has been the victim, innocent party in conflicts

29

27

26

In the majority of cases, Russia has been the aggressor, guilty party in conflicts with other countries

16

5

5

Russia has always been the aggressor, guilty party in conflicts with other countries

3

1

2

Other

1

2

1

It is difficult to say

15

11

7

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD HEED THE WEST’S CRITICISM OF RUSSIA?

 

Feb.07

Mar.10

Feb.12

Dec.14

Oct.15

Yes

46

42

38

27

29

No

38

45

50

57

62

It is difficult to say

16

12

12

16

10

WHY DO YOU BELIEVE THAT WE DO NOT NEED TO HEED THE WEST’S CRITICISM? (as a percentage of those respondents who consider that Russia does not need to heed the West’s criticism; several answers possible)

 

Feb.07

Mar.10

Feb.12

Dec.14

окт.15

The West views Russia as a competitor and strives to weaken it

39

35

40

40

37

The West feels negatively about Russia, its criticism is hostile

24

22

26

43

34

The West doesn’t understand our life yet wants to instruct us

38

36

29

27

28

Western critics frequently criticize what they themselves also do (“double standard”)

22

14

17

22

25

It is difficult to say

4

3

5

6

4

DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THE OPINION THAT THE WEST IS CURRENTLY PURSUING A HOSTILE POLICY IN RELATION TO RUSSIA?

 

Dec.14

Oct.15

Definitely agree

53

32

Probably agree

34

50

Probably disagree

6

10

Definitely disagree

2

2

It is difficult to say

7

6

IN YOUR OPINION, HOW IS THE WEST’S HOSTILE POLICY TOWARDS RUSSIA MANIFESTED? (as a percentage of those respondents who believe that the West is hostile to Russia; multiple answers possible)

 

Dec.14

Oct.15

Sanctions against Russia’s economy and business

51

55

Information war against Russia

42

44

Attempt to control Russia’s economy and natural wealth

40

35

Sanctions against the country’s leadership

30

32

Pushing Russia out of the post-Soviet space, establishing control over former republics of the USSR and former socialist countries

31

31

Attempt to replace Putin’s regime with a more convenient one

31

27

Attempt to force foreign values, culture, mentality, and morals on the Russian people

25

26

Support of opposition and independent social organizations critical of Putin

12

21

Preparation for large-scale war to repartition the globe, deployment of military bases close to Russian border

23

20

Other

<1

<1

It is difficult to answer

1

2

WHY DO YOU THINK THE WEST IS PURSUING A HOSTILE POLICY IN RELATION TO RUSSIA? (as a percentage of those respondents who believe that the West in hostile to Russia; several answers possible)

 

Dec.14

Oct.15

The West fears Russia, its military power

43

47

The West is striving to get its hands on Russia’s natural wealth

46

41

The West and Russia have always been irreconcilable opponents with  differences in religion, morals, and culture which are too great

30

25

Western countries envy Russia

24

23

Other

1

<1

It is difficult to answer

2

3

WHAT BEST EXPLAINS THE WEST’S REACTION TO EVENTS IN CRIMEA AND EASTERN UKRAINE?

 

Mar.14

Aug.14

Dec.14

Oct.15

Hostility towards Russia, attempt to take advantage of the moment to put pressure on Russia

58

58

67

49

Misunderstanding of the real situation in Ukraine

20

18

12

26

Condemnation of Russia’s annexation of foreign territory, violation of international law

13

13

12

17

It is difficult to answer

10

10

8

8

WHAT, MOST OF ALL, DO YOU THINK, THE WEST HOPES TO ACHIEVE BY STRENGTHENING ITS SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA?

 

Sept.14

Dec.14

Jun.15

Oct.15

Weakening and degradation of Russia

71

72

66

69

Restoration of geopolitical balance disturbed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea

18

14

21

17

Prevention of war, destruction, and death in Eastern Ukraine

4

6

5

6

It is difficult to say

8

7

8

7

WHAT IS YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARD RUSSIAN MILITARY PARTICIPATION IN COVERT OPERATIONS IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES?

 

Oct.15

Completely positive

14

Probably positive

33

Probably negative

21

Very negative

8

It is difficult to say

24

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