Over the past two years the number of Russian citizens who believe that the accession of Crimea to Russia in March 2014 has brought the country more good than harm decreased significantly: today, the ratio of supporters and opponents is 64% to 23%, and two years ago, it was 70% and 18%, respectively.
This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the analytical center of Yuri Levada.
This survey was conducted March 31 – April 3, 2017 on a representative nationwide sample of urban and rural population among 1600 people aged 18 years and older in 137 localities of the 48 regions of the country. The study was conducted in the home of Respondent by personal interview.
According to 41% of the respondents, funds for the integration of Crimea into the Russian Federation receive «by reducing spending on education, health, science, indexation of salaries and pensions.» At the same time 32% of respondents believe that Russia allocates for this purpose «revenues from the sale of oil and gas», not cutting spending on the social sphere, science, etc. 11% believe that the money came from «private investment of Russian business».
In parallel, decreased the number of citizens who want the Eastern part of Ukraine, where separatists have proclaimed the Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR), became part of the Russian Federation – 21% vs 48% in March 2014. With up to 37% increase in the number of supporters of independence of Donbass and Lugansk. Previously, there were 12%.
21% of respondents believe that it was better if «this region remained part of Ukraine, but gained more independence from Kiev» (two years ago it was 17%). 7% of respondents would like to «the region remained part of Ukraine on the same terms as it was before the crisis,» compared with 8% two years earlier.