Please see below my translation of the 02.20.15-02.23.15 national poll on Russians attitudes’ toward the conflict in Ukraine conducted by the independent Levada Center. Note that I have merged all the "rather" and "definitely" categories (while Levada would distinguish those "definitely" in favor (or against) and those "rather" in favor (or against), I have summed them up into "in favor" and "against"). I know pollsters would disapprove, but that way it's easier to read the results.
The poll indicates that in spite of economic pain, partially caused by sanctions, majority of Russians (1) continue to support Russians' participation in the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine, though this support has diminished somewhat since June'14; and (2) favor separation of Lugansk and Donetsk from Ukraine. Moreover, while 60% of Russians oppose overt deployment of Russian troops more Russians (44%) would support Russian leadership if there is an open conflict between Ukraine than Russia than oppose it (39%). I would imagine the actual share of supporters would grow higher if Russia's involvement in eastern Ukraine becomes overt if only because the Kremlin would rally for such support through TV, which remains the main source of news, and because the combat phase of a Russian military intervention would probably enjoy success. It's also interesting that 34% of Russians think there is already a war between Russia and Ukraine.
Do you think there are Russian troops in Ukraine? (%)
|Difficult to say||23||22||22|
What is your attitude toward Russians volunteers fighting on the (side) militia’s side in Ukraine?
|Difficult to say||20||17||18||20||17|
What would be your attitude if you had learned that there were active-duty Russian military servicemen fighting in the ranks of the militia?
|Difficult to say||22||20|
Do you agree that there is a war underway between Ukraine and Russia?
|Difficult to say||9||15||7|
Do you think Russian forces should be deployed to Eastern Ukraine if fighting resumes there?
|Difficult to say||16||20||16|
Will you support the leadership of Russia if there is an open (overt) military conflict between Russia and Ukraine?
|Difficult to say||13||14||16||18|
What do you think the future holds for Eastern Ukraine (Donetsk and Lugansk regions)? What option would you prefer?
|Would prefer eastern Ukraine to become an independent state||12||25||36||39||41||40||46||43||40||43||41|
|Would prefer eastern Ukraine to remain part of Ukraine, but gain greater independence from Kiev||17||21||17||19||17||18||21||18||25||17||21|
|Would prefer eastern Ukraine to become part of Russia||48||35||26||25||23||21||16||17||13||19||15|
|Would prefer eastern Ukraine to retain the same status it had before the conflict||8||6||6||5||7||6||5||6||6||4||7|
|Difficult to say||15||13||15||12||12||16||13||16||16||17||16|
How do you think the conflict in Ukraine will end?
|DPR and LPR (Novorossiya) will continue to exist as independent states, like Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia||30||38|
|Donetsk and Luhansk regions will return to Ukraine with broad autonomy granted to them and , federalization of Ukraine will begin||19||18|
|This conflict will drag on for many years, like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict||16||12|
|DPR and LPR (Novorossiya) will become part of Russia||10||9|
|Donetsk and Luhansk regions will return to Ukraine with their status being the same as any other Ukrainian region||6||3|
|Difficult to say||19||20|