Press release №1612
24.02.2014
UKRAINIAN CRISIS: WHAT SHOULD RUSSIA DO?

IN BRIEF

  • Russia should not interfere in the conflict between the authorities and the opposition in Ukraine
  • The overwhelming majority of Russians do not want such things to happen in Russia.

According to Russians, Russia should not interfere in Ukraine`s internal conflict. Most of Russians believe that the same scenario is not possible in Russia.  .

MOSCOW, February 24, 2014. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the data concerning the attitudes of Russians on how Russia should respond to the situation in Ukraine; whether Russians think that the same scenario may occur in Russia.

Most of Russians (73%) believe that Russia should not interfere in the conflict between Ukrainian authorities and the opposition because this is an internal problem of this country. This stance is mainly shared by supporters of LDPR (82%), budget workers (79%), officials (77%), students (77%), and residents of middle cities (78%). Only 15% of respondents say that Russian authorities could help Ukrainian colleagues in suppressing attempts to seize power. Those who think so are mainly adherents of A Just Russia party (30%) and commercial sector employees (20%).

Three-quarters of respondents are confident that similar mass protests are not possible in Russia (75%). Residents of million cities and rural area residents (79%, for each) do not believe such a scenario is possible in Russia. Only Muscovites and residents of St. Petersburg oppose them (64%). Small number of Russians say that the same situation may happen in Russia  (15%), given that people are taken to the extreme poverty or in case of severe economic crisis (respectively, 30% and 25% of the number of those who believe that similar mass protests are possible in Russia). At the same time, a relative majority of Russians (94%) do not want the Ukrainian scenario to occur in Russia.

The VCIOM opinion poll was conducted on February 1-2, 2014. 1600 respondents were interviewed in 130 communities in 42 regions of Russia. The margin of error does not exceed 3.4%.
In your opinion, how Russia should respond to the attempts to seize power in Ukraine?  (close-ended question, one answer)
  Total respondents Supporters of A Just Russia party   Supporters of LDPR Supporters of CPRF Supporters of United Russia Supporters of non-parliament parties I would not take part in elections
Not to interfere; this is an internal affair of Ukraine 73 57 82 65 75 76 73
Russia should help the existing power and to suppress any illegal attempts to seize power   15 30 8 17 14 16 15
Russia should help the oppositionists to come to power 4 - 7 7 3 4 4
Don`t know 9 13 4 11 8 4 9

In your opinion, are mass political protests similar to Ukrainian ones currently possible in Russia? If yes, under what circumstances? (close-ended question, one answer)
  Total respondents Moscow and St. Petersburg Million cities More than 500 ths 100–500 ths Less than 100 ths Rural area
Rather yes. In case of… 15 30 12 16 16 13 12
Rather no 75 64 79 71 76 74 79
Don`t know 10 6 10 12 8 13 9
Would you like the Ukrainian scenario to occur in Russia? (close-ended question, one answer)
  Total respondents Aged 18-24 Aged 25-34 Aged 35-44 Aged 45-59 Aged 60 and over
Rather yes 3 4 1 3 3 2
Rather no 94 92 97 94 93 97
Don`t know 3 4 2 4 4 2

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