Belarus (green), Ukraine (yellow) and Russia (red)
Three poll results announced yesterday, two in Russia and one in Ukraine, merit particular notice because they suggest the directions the peoples and their respective countries are likely to be heading in the coming months and even years. They are as follows:
- A Levada Center poll finds that 71 percent of Russians believe that elections are important and a means to change policies in their country, a clear rebuke to the dismissive attitude about them that Vladislav Surkov has just displayed.
- A second Levada Center poll found that a majority of Russians are not ready to take part in street protests but are ready to sign petitions, a possible indication of the ways in which the Russian opposition will act now.
- Third and most important, 71.5 percent of Ukrainians now say that their country is in a state of war with Russia, the highest number yet and one that will shape not only how they will view Moscow but also how they are likely to vote in the upcoming presidential elections in their country.
- Majority of Orthodox believers in Ukraine identify with Ukrainian church, new poll shows
- Ever more Russians want to go ‘back to the USSR’ but ever fewer Ukrainians do
- Why Ukrainians keep voting for the wrong people
- 68% of Ukrainians want pro-European reforms even without EU membership prospects
- Ukrainians prefer comedian to current president and other insights from pre-election polls
- ‘Overwhelming majority’ of urban Ukrainians patriotic, poll finds
- Why do Ukrainians remain poor? Six hypotheses
- What Ukrainians really think: 10 key insights from Ukraine’s 2017 opinion polls
- Russians will celebrate return of Crimea to Ukraine if Putin tells them to, Portnikov says
- Only 3% of Russians say they believe Moscow poisoned Skripal
- Ukrainian suggestion that Russia should be called Muscovy infuriates Russians
- Russians persecuting ethnic Ukrainians and other ethnic groups, leading rights groups say