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Poll gauges Russian mixed feelings for neighbors in Ukraine

April 10, 2014, 14:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian Public Opinion Research Center says that every fifth respondent feels sympathy (21%) and respect (20%) for Ukrainian citizens
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MOSCOW, April 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russians have mixed feelings for Ukrainians, suggests a recent opinion poll from the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (WCIOM).

WCIOM reported that “every fifth respondent feels sympathy (21%) and respect (20%) for Ukrainian citizens. These emotions are most often expressed by residents of Moscow and St. Petersburg (36% and 27% respectively). But about 18% of respondents are disappointed with Ukrainians.”

Indifference to citizens of that state was attributed to about 15% of respondents, mainly among young people (25%) and senior citizens (10%). About 12% of those polled condemned Ukrainians and around 11% felt suspicious of them.

Survey findings reported about 70% are ready to take in refugees from Ukraine. Fifteen percent preferred no such relations. About two-thirds said they could work under the leadership of a Ukrainian while every fourth respondent would rather not have such a boss.

WCIOM statistics show that about 45% of Russians have visited Ukraine at least once. About 46% of respondents, and 59% of those aged 25-34, had travelled there for tourism purposes, while about 44% went to visit relatives or friends.

Most of those polled were positive about Ukrainians visiting Russia as tourists (92%) or had nothing against living in the same street with them (88%). About three-quarters accepted having a Ukrainian citizen as their doctor.

The survey was conducted on March 29-30, when 1,600 people in 130 towns and cities in 42 Russian regions were interviewed. The margin of error stands at about 3%.

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