Vast majority of Russians welcome Crimea decision, poll shows

Published time: March 17, 2014 16:43
Edited time: March 18, 2014 05:53

Participants in the "We Are Together" rally and concert to support the residents of the Crimea, at Vasilyevsky Slope, Moscow.(RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)Participants in the “We Are Together” rally and concert to support the residents of the Crimea, at Vasilyevsky Slope, Moscow.(RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresenskiy)

Over 90 percent of Russians approve of Crimea becoming a part of the Russian Federation, a poll has revealed as Crimeans voted for integration in Sunday’s referendum.

Only 5 percent of Russians oppose the Autonomous Republic of Crimea joining Russia, while 91.4 percent of respondents said they welcome the idea, according to a joint poll by Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) and Public Opinion Fund (FOM). Both in Moscow and in the northern capital – St Petersburg – the idea is favored by 89 percent of citizens.

Meanwhile, 86 percent of respondents already consider Crimea – home to an ethnic Russian majority – a part of Russia.

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