Poll: 54% of Russians support airstrikes in Syria, while 59% not willing to accept refugees
About 41% of Russian citizens believe that the operation in Syria will take away money needed to solve social problems, according to the findings of a survey by the Levada Center, an independent Russian polling and sociological research organization, Ukrainian online newspaper RBC-Ukraine reports.
The survey shows that Russians closely monitor the Syrian conflict. According to the results of October, only 11% know nothing about the situation Syria (last month it was a third of citizens).
The number of those who are not interested in the policy of the Russian leadership in Syria has reduced from 33% to 18%.
Almost 39% of respondents believe the main harm from Russia’s military campaign is deaths of Russian servicemen during the operation or in terrorist attacks against them.
Among other threats, the respondents identified a threat "to be involved in this conflict for a long time" and "an increase in the terrorist threat from the Islamic State (ISIS)." A total of 11% saw no harm.
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A total of 66% of respondents still oppose the invasion. Russians support air strikes (54%), military advice and the supply of weapons (62%), humanitarian and diplomatic assistance to Syria. At the same time, 59% are not willing to accept refugees from the war-torn country.
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A third of respondents believe that Russia defends the government of Bashar al-Assad in order to prevent a chain of "color revolutions," "provoked by the United States around the world." A total of 18% believe that Russia defends the economic interests of Russian companies in the Middle East, while 17% of respondents said they did not understand Russia’s motives.
A total of 48% of respondents believe that Russian airstrikes target ISIS positions, while 13% believe that the air force hits the opposition. A total of 21% of respondents said that Russia attacked both kinds of targets, and 70% were convinced that the airstrikes against ISIS were effective.
At the same time, the information on civilian casualties released by the Western media was falsified, according to 53% of respondents.
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