View Full Version : Russians Support Iraqi Resistance; Want U.S. to Lose

30-04-2004, 11:49
Forty-one percent of respondents interviewed in a recent poll said they support the Iraqi opposition rather than the U.S.-led coalition troops that toppled the regime of Saddam Hussein. Only 7 percent said they support the U.S. troops, according to the poll conducted by the Levada Analytical Center in Russia, Interfax reported.

At the same time, 43 percent said they were “on neither side” of the conflict. 1600 Russians were interviewed for the study.

Responding to who is opposing the U.S. led coalition there, 31 percent said that Iraw is experiencing a “nationwide revolt.” 17 percent said that “international terrorists” were fighting in Iraq.

41 percent said that it is in Russia’s best interest that U.S. forces suffer a defeat there, and only 20 percent believe that the suppression of resistance and the restoration of order in the war-torn country would benefit Russia.

74 percent of Russians said that the war on terror must be fought only by eliminating terrorists. However, nearly a fifth of all Russians believe that governments must seek peaceful negotiations with terrorists.