Russians satisfied with media coverage of Iraq war
MOSCOW. April 4 (Interfax) - Russians have taken developments in Iraq close to heart: 85% say they are alarmed by the crisis, while 11% are indifferent.
The figures were reported by the Public Opinion Foundation, which polled 1,500 urban and rural residents at the end of March.
Most Russians support the Iraqis (58%), over one third (35%) don't sympathize with either side, and 3% support the United States.
Since the beginning of the war, 42% have started watching TV news more often, while others have not changed their habits.
Sixty percent are satisfied with the Russian media's coverage of the war, but one fifth (21%) are not satisfied with everything, especially people with a higher education (28%).
As for the impartiality of coverage, the interviewed were divided: 38% found coverage objective, 30% found it biased, and 33% were undecided.
Among those who found coverage biased, 22% said the media sympathized with Iraq, and 8% with the United States.