Attitude of Russians to Poroshenko: From Distrust to Hate

New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko enjoys the sympathy of only 1% of Russians. Another 2% of respondents feel trust in him and the same percentage feel hope. These are the results of a survey conducted by the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM).

“Only some people feel towards Petro Poroshenko trust (2%), hope (2%), and sympathy (1%),” reads the survey.

Poroshenko, first and foremost, causes distrust among Russians – 29% of respondents. One in five respondents (22%) said that they are completely indifferent to the personality of the new Ukrainian president. Others feel aversion to him (19%) and even condemn him (17%). One is ten respondents is disappointed (11%) in him or is skeptical (10%) about him. And 7% of respondents said that they feel hatred towards Poroshenko. (source:

Some 43% of Russians believe that Poroshenko, first and foremost, represents the interests of the United States and the EU, and 37% believe that he is lobbying the interests of big business. According to one in five 5 respondents (21%), the Ukrainian president is close to nationalists and Bandera supporters. Another 17% of those polled believe that Poroshenko is interested only in his own interests. Some respondents think that he represents intelligence services (12%).

Six percent of respondents believe that the president represents the western and central regions of Ukraine. Only 2% of respondents suggested that the new president defends the positions of residents in eastern and southern Ukraine, and only 1% think that he represents the interests of all Ukrainians.

The all-Russian poll was conducted on May 31 through June 1, 2014. A total of 1,600 people were interviewed in 130 communities in 42 regions of Russia. The statistical margin of error does not exceed 3.4%.

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  1. Does anyone really care what russian federation thinks, they are fearful sheep following a born lier.Who styled himself on Hitler.

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