March 1, 2021. The data below represent the results of a survey describing the Russian assessments of the Russia-EU relations.
More than half of Russians (55%) perceive positively the EU member-states. Twenty-seven percent of respondents have negative attitudes; 18% failed to provide an answer.
Despite positive perceptions of the EU countries, negative moods are dominant: rather chilly (40%) and hostile (13%). Every fourth Russian considers the current EU-Russia relations neutral (26%); 15%, positive (7%, friendly; 8% warm).
The majority of Russians believe that Russia should pursue partnership relationships with the EU (48%). Since 2008, the share of those who share this opinion has increased by 15 p.p. On the contrary, one-third of respondents (35%) are confident that the Western countries will never treat Russia as an equal partner, thus it is pointless to look toward the EU. This opinion keeps strengthening: since 2008, the percentage of those who share this stance has increased by 18 p.p. Every tenth respondent considers that Russia should pursue full EU membership (9%; −27 p.p. since 2008).
Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted on February 24, 2021. Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,600 Russians aged 18 and older. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was used. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.
|The EU is an economic and political union between twenty–seven European countries. What is your general attitude to the EU member-states? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|How would you assess the current EU-Russia relations? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|More likely warm||8|
|More likely chilly||40|
|In your opinion, what kind of relationships should Russia pursue when building relationships with the EU? (closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)|
|Russia should pursue full EU membership||35||35||33||30||36||9|
|Russia should pursue equal partnership with the EU||30||25||28||35||33||48|
|The Western countries will never treat Russia as an equal partner, thus it is pointless to look toward the EU||16||20||20||18||17||35|