In particular, when asked what position should Russia take regarding the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk "People's Republics", 43% of respondents said "Do not interfere and remain neutral", 23% - "to recognize the DPR and LPR as independent states", 11% - "to accept the DPR and LPR in the Russian Federation", 8% - "to help DPR and LPR to expand the autonomy while remaining a part of Ukraine", 3% - "to help Kyiv authorities to regain control of the DPR and LPR territories".
15% of those surveyed were undecided.
The initiative Russian opinion poll was conducted on Oct. 18-19, 2014. 1,600 respondents were interviewed in 132 towns and villages in 45 regions, territories, and republics of Russia. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.