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RUSSIAN PASSPORTS TO UKRANIAN RESIDENTS

This survey was carried out May 24–29, 2019 with a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample comprised 1616 people age 18 or older from 137 localities in 50 regions of the Russian Federation. 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%

PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN RECENTLY SIGNED A LAW TO MAKE IT EASIER TO GRANT RUSSIAN PASSPORTS TO UKRANIAN RESIDENTS, PRIMARILY RESIDENTS OF THE LUHANSK AND DONETSK OBLASTS. WHICH OF THE STATEMENTS BELOW CONCERNING THE MOTIVATIONS BEHIND THIS DECISION DO YOU PERSONALLY AGREE WITH TO SOME EXTENT? BEHIND THIS DECISION IS… (respondents were given a card from which they could choose only one answer in each row)

  Fully agree Mostly agree Mostly disagree Fully disagree It is difficult to say
… the wish to expand Russian influence on the eastern part of Ukraine 27 32 21 11 10
… the desire to help the people living in a state of war 43 34 10 7 7

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE DECISION TO SIMPLIFY THE PROCESS OF GRANTING RUSSIAN PASSPORTS MAINLY TO RESIDENTS OF THE LUHANSK AND DONETSK OBLASTS? (one answer)

  May 19
Fully support 33
Mostly support 37
Mostly don’t support 12
Fully don’t support 10
It is difficult to say 7

WHAT, FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW, WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSEQUENCES OF THIS STEP? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

  May 19
This will be an additional burden on the Russian budget 36
This will heighten the tensions between Russia, Ukraine and the Western countries supporting Ukraine 26
This will be a step towards normalizing relations between Russia and Ukraine 22
Other 3
It is difficult to say 13

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE POLITICAL FUTURE OF SOUTHEASTEN UKRAINE (DONETSK AND LUHANSK OBLASTS)? WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING SCENARIOS WOULD YOU PREFER? (respondents were presented with a card from which they could choose only one answer; ranked in descending order according to May 2019)

 

 

2014 2015 2016 2017 2019
III IV V VI VII VIII IX XI XII I II III VI VII XI V III V
Southeastern Ukraine becomes an independent country 12 25 36 39 41 40 46 43 40 43 41 39 39 44 40 38 37 29
Southeastern Ukraine becomes a part of the Russian Federation 48 35 26 25 23 21 16 17 13 19 15 16 19 14 17 22 21 27
Southeastern Ukraine remains part of Ukraine but gains more independence from Kiev 17 21 17 19 17 18 21 18 25 17 21 27 24 25 23 20 21 17
Southeastern Ukraine remains part of Ukraine under the same conditions as before the crisis 8 6 6 5 7 6 5 6 6 4 7 4 4 4 6 6 7 14
It is difficult to say 15 13 15 12 12 16 13 16 16 17 16 14 15 13 14 15 14 13

THE ANNEXATION OF CRIMEA REQUIRES SIGNIFICANT EXPENDITURES FROM RUSSIA, THE BURDEN OF WHICH ALSO FALLS ON COMMON CITIZENS. TO WHAT EXTENT ARE YOU PERSONALLY READY TO PAY THIS PRICE? (respondents were presented with a card and could only choose one answer)

  Mar. 14* Apr. 14 May 14 Jul. 14 Aug. 14 Dec. 14 March 15 Mar. 16 May 19
Fully ready 7 5 5 8 5 7 5 4 7
Ready to a considerable degree 19 12 15 11 12 12 11 10 9
Ready to some degree 33 29 28 28 33 30 34 32 26
Not at all ready 19 30 28 32 28 31 32 30 36
I don’t think this burden will fall on common citizens 17 19 19 16 16 14 12 19 17
It is difficult to say 6 5 5 4 6 7 7 6 5

* The question was presented in the future tense: “The annexation of Crimea will require…”

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

The ANO Levada Center has been included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents. Read the Director of the Levada Center’s statement of disagreement with this decision here.

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