Russia’s media policy has a negative impact on public opinion of Russian citizens towards Ukrainians.
This is evidenced by the results of a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), Ukrinform’s Moscow correspondent has reported.
“More than a third of our citizens (38%) believe that between Ukrainians and Russians there are today more dividing factors than uniting, whereas in 2004, the same answer was given by only 16% of respondents,” a statement reads.
The VTsIOM added that these data indicate that “over the past decade the feeling of disunity between Russians and Ukrainians has significantly increased. “Characteristically, today this view in Russia is adhered to by mainly 25-34-year-olds (44%), residents of megacities (46%) and supporters of non-parliamentary parties (56%).
According to 68 % of Russians, “the situation in Ukraine is becoming tenser”. One in five respondents (22%) see neither positive nor negative changes in the current situation. Only 7% of respondents believe that the situation in Ukraine is gradually returning to normal.
Overall, according to the poll, Russians give negative predictions about the future of Ukraine. Thus, 62% of those surveyed in the light of recent developments believe that “Ukraine is on the way to civil war”. 27% of respondents say the crisis will end soon. Also, 61% of respondents fear that “Ukraine will prejudice the interests of the Russian-speaking population,” while 28% hope that this will not happen.
The survey was conducted March 1-2, 2014. 1,600 respondents were interviewed in 130 localities in 42 regions of Russia. The statistical error does not exceed 3.4%.