Unexpectedly, more than half of Ukrainians trust Putin – poll

17:31, 11 March 2008
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Some 75.3% of Ukrainians have positive attitude to Russia

More than half of Ukrainians trust President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, these are results of the poll, publicized by director general of “FOM – Ukraina” LLC Oleksandr Buhalov at a news conference in Kyiv today.

Particularly, some 58.2% of those polled trust V. Putin, some 24.2% of those polled do not trust. Some 17.7% of those polled could not answer the question.

At the same time, some 28.1% of those polled trust newly elected President of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev, some 22.2% - do not trust him, and some 49.8% of those polled could not answer.

Moreover, the majority of Ukrainians (some 75.3%) have positive attitude to Russia.

The European Union is at the second place – with some 51.4%, the USA is at the third place (some 28.1%) and China is at the fourth place (some 25.1%).

Also, according to the poll, some 31.3% of Ukrainians believe that relations between Ukraine and Russia will be better during further eight years. Some 25.4% of those polled are sure that the relations will remain the same and some 17.4% of those polled think that it will be worse.

The poll was carried out by “FOM – Ukraina” company from February 20 to March 2, 2008. 2 thousand respondents in 160 settlements of Ukraine were polled. The error margin makes up 2.2%.

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