Russian territorial integrity must be protected at any cost - poll
Russia should be preserved within its current borders at any cost, said 93 percent of citizens polled by the Public Opinion Foundation in September.
Some 57 percent of 1,000 respondents polled over the phone said there was a threat to Russian territorial integrity. Such answers were mostly given by citizens older than 60 (69 percent), vocational school graduates and residents of cities with a population from 250,000 to 1 million (63 percent in each category).
The opposite opinion was expressed by 34 percent of the respondents, and 10 percent were hesitant.
Nearly half of the respondents (48 percent) presumed that some regions of Russia wanted to be independent. Some 35 percent said there were no such regions and 18 percent failed to answer the question.
A total of 96 percent of the respondents gave a negative answer to the question if "they had heard rumors about secession from Russia in their region lately." Seventy-six percent said that possible secession of a region from Russia would have negative effects.
Some 15 percent of the respondents believe that immigration from China was threatening the Russian Far East. Nine percent deemed immigration to be a threat. Eight percent argued an external threat, 7 percent worried about Kuril Island disagreements with Japan, and 4 percent said the domestic policy of the Russian authorities harmed national integrity.
The vast territory of Russia has more pros than cons, 82 percent of the respondents said, quoting natural resources as the main argument to support their opinion (51 percent).
Eleven percent said the vast territory was not an advantage because of management problems (29 percent), irrational use of natural resources (16 percent) and poor connection between regions (7 percent).