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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.

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