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Is Crimea part of Russia?

Is Crimea part of Russia? More than a third of Italians and Germans think so, and 26 percent of Britons, 23 percent of Americans and 20 percent of French people, shared a similar point of view.

Published: March 16, 2017, 9:54 am

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    TNS Global, an independent research company with offices in over 80 countries, polled Europeans on their perception of the Crimean peninsula, formerly part of the Soviet Union in which some 5 138 respondents from France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States took part.

    At least 34 percent of Italians and 36 percent of Germans called Crimea an essential part of Russia, while roughly a quarter of Britons, Americans and French thought so.

    The poll coincided with the third anniversary of a referendum in which more than 90 percent of voters supported the peninsula’s reunification with Russia.

    The poll, conducted for Sputnik, asked respondents the following question: ‘Based on what you have seen or heard, do you consider Crimea to be…’ Options were: ‘part of Russia’, ‘not part of Russia’, and ‘I don’t know’.

    In France older respondents thought Crimea was Russian territory, while in Germany, mostly young people considered Crimea as part of Russia. The most popular answer was “I don’t know.” Some 51 percent of Americans, 48 percent of French and 44 percent of Britons said they did not know.

    The poll was conducted between February 16 and February 22, this year.

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