The poll of the Levada Center in late March — early April showed that the overwhelming majority of Russians (64%) continue to believe that the acquisition of Crimea has brought to Russia in general more benefit. 23% of respondents have taken a contrary view. 13% found it difficult to assess what happened in the spring of 2014.
By the way, in March 2015 the number of people, who were confident in the benefits of joining the Crimea, reached 70%. By August, the value fell to 59%. Then the gradual growth began.
78% of respondents believe that the inclusion of the Crimea in the Russian Federation did not violate any post-war and post-Soviet international agreements and international law. At the same time, 71% of respondents do not care about the fact that the majority of the population of the countries of the West and Ukraine consider Russia to be a violator of international law.
41% of survey participants believe that the funds that are invested in the Crimea are taken by reducing requirements for education, health, science, indexation of salaries and pensions. Another 32% are sure that the state spends money on the peninsula from the sale of oil and gas, by passing cuts in spending on the above-stated fields.
Only 11% said that funding comes from private investment of Russian business.
As for the fate of Donbass, 37% of respondents are sure that the DPR and LPR should live as independent states. The same number of respondents (21% respectively) would like to see the southeast as a part of the Russian Federation and as a republic within Ukraine with a special status and greater freedom from Kiev. Only 7% believe that the return to the former conditions of existence will be correct.