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THE KURIL ISLANDS

This survey took place between November 22–28, 2018 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 136 localities of 52 of the country’s regions. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a selection of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

3.4% for indicators around 50%
2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%
2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%
1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

IN GENERAL, WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT ATTITUDE TOWARD JAPAN? (one answer)

 

May

90

Apr.

93

Jul.

00

Jul.

03

Nov.

04

Aug.

05

May

08

Oct.

09

May

11

Mar.

13

Mar.

16

Sep.

16

Dec.

17

Nov.

18

Very positive 28 23 10 15 13 9 8 12 6 7 9 5 6 10
Generally positive 52 41 72 66 62 63 59 66 64 60 55 51 42 51
Generally negative 2 8 6 9 14 13 13 11 15 13 12 17 22 13
Very negative <1 2 1 2 3 3 2 1 2 3 3 4 8 7
It is difficult to say 18 26 10 8 9 13 18 10 13 17 22 23 22 19

HAVE YOU BEEN FOLLOWING THE NEWS CONCERNING THE POSSIBLE HANDOVER OF PART OF THE KURIL ISLANDS TO JAPAN? (one answer)

  Nov. 18
Closely following 19
I’ve heard about it, but I haven’t looked into it 49
This is the first time I have heard about it 31
It is difficult to say 1

THE ISSUE OF WHOM THE SOUTH KURIL ISLANDS BELONG TO IS AN OBSTACLE TO THE FULL NORMALIZATION OF RUSSIA-JAPAN RELATIONS AND THE SIGNING OF A PEACE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES. GENERALLY, WOULD YOU PERSONALLY SUPPORT OR NOT SUPPORT THE IDEA OF HANDING OVER SOME ISLANDS IN THE KURIL CHAIN TO JAPAN IN ORDER TO CONCLUDE A PEACE AGREEMENT AND DEVELOP ECONOMIC COOPERATION BETWEEN RUSSIA AND JAPAN? (one answer)

  Nov. 18
Would likely support it 17
Would likely not support it 74
It is difficult to say 9

The question of handing over the islands was worded differently in an earlier survey:

FOR MANY YEARS, THE ISSUE OF THE DISPUTED ISLANDS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE KURIL CHAIN WAS A STUMBLING BLOCK IN RUSSIA-JAPAN RELATIONS. IN PRINCIPLE, ARE YOU FOR OR AGAINST RUSSIA HANDING OVER THESE ISLANDS TO JAPAN?

  Aug. 92 Oct.
92
Feb. 93 Dec. 94 Jan. 98 Oct.
98
Nov. 98 Dec. 02 Aug. 05 Aug. 09 Feb. 11 May. 16
For 11 12 8 7 6 8 7 7 4 8 4 7
Against 71 72 77 76 82 78 79 85 87 82 90 78
It is difficult to say 18 16 15 17 13 14 14 8 9 10 6 15

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

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