Poll: Most Russians have "bad," "very bad" attitude to Ukraine but do not consider it "foreign land"
At the same time, the majority of Russians do not consider Belarus a foreign country, according to the findings of a survey by the Levada Center, an independent Russian polling and sociological research organization.
Answering the question on what is their attitude toward Ukraine, 39% of respondents said "mostly bad," 15% – "very bad," 31% – "mostly good," only 2% – "very good," and 13% failed to give a definite answer.
At the same time, 53% of respondents said they did not consider Ukraine a foreign land, 42% did so, and another 5% could not answer the question.
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Moreover, 25% believe that Russia should keep the former Soviet republics under control by all means, even by force. Some 65% hold the opposite opinion, while 10% could not answer the question.
The poll was conducted on December 20-23, 2016. A total of 1,600 people aged from 18 were questioned in 48 regions of Russia.