Significant numbers of Germans and Italians regard the Crimea as Russian territory

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

A man walks past a poster in Sevastopol on March 11, 2014 depicting Crimea in the colors of the Russian flag. Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine on March 11 in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become part of Russia. AFP PHOTO/ VIKTOR DRACHEVVIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images


Sputnik Press Office

Over a third of respondents in Germany (36 percent) and Italy (34 percent) consider the Crimea to be part of Russia, a new Sputnik. Polls survey has found. The same opinion was expressed by 26 percent of respondents in Great Britain, 23 percent in the United States and 20 percent in France. The survey was held by TNS Global for the Sputnik news agency and radio.

Overall, the number of people who believe that the Crimea belongs to Russia is approximately equal to the number of those who think the opposite. Only in France are there more people who do not consider the Crimea to be Russian territory.

In Germany, it was mostly young people who believe that the Crimea is part of Russia. In France, on the other hand, mostly older people share that opinion – almost one third of respondents over 55 years of age.

At the same time, 51 per cent of respondents in the US, 48 per cent in France, 44 per cent in Great Britain, 34 per cent in Italy and 23 per cent in Germany found it difficult to decide on the Crimea’s affiliation.

The survey was held by TNS Global, one of the largest international research companies engaged in opinion polls, between 16th-22nd February, 2017. The survey involved 5,138 respondents in France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and the US.

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