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Poll suggests 91% Russians back Crimea’s entry as constituent entity

March 17, 2014, 17:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the opinion poll, 94% believed Russia should protect the rights of ethnic Russians and other nationalities living in Crimea
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Demonstration in support of Crimea in Moscow

Demonstration in support of Crimea in Moscow

© ITAR-TASS/Pavel Smertin

MOSCOW, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Ninety-one percent of polled Russian nationals backed Crimea’s entry into Russia as its constituent member, president of the Public Opinion Foundation told a news conference on Monday referring to the opinion poll carried out jointly with the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM) between March 14 and 16.

Alexander Oslon said “five percent answered ‘no, I don’t agree’ to the question “Do you agree to Crimea’s joining our country as a constituent member?” Another four percent of surveyed Russians found it difficult to answer the question, Oslon added.

Director General of WCIOM Valery Fedorov said for his part that the absolute majority of the polled people said Russia must protect the rights of Russian-speaking people.

According to the opinion poll, 94% believed Russia should protect the rights of ethnic Russians and other nationalities living in Crimea. Sociologists said 83% believed Russia should protect their rights “even if it worsens relations with other countries,” and 86% of the polled Russians said “Crimea is Russia”.

Public Opinion Foundation and WCIOM spoke by telephone to 48,590 people in all Russian regions. Between 300 and 1,000-odd people were surveyed in each of them. It was for the first time that an opinion poll was carried out jointly by two research centers, Oslon said.

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