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    Over Half of EU, US Citizens Want Alternative Views on Global Events - Poll

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    Over half of European and US citizens would like to find out news from sources other than mainstream Western media, a new poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik revealed Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A total of 60 percent of European and US citizens polled said they would be interested in receiving information on global events from alternative news outlets.

    Those living in Greece and the United States were the most likely to indicate that they were "very interested" in non-mainstream coverage of international affairs, accounting for 25 and 21 percent of respondents in these countries respectively.

    Thirteen percent of respondents in the United Kingdom said they were "very interested" in being able to access alternative sources of information on global events, and a further 44 percent said they were "quite interested" in such an option.

    ICM Research polled over 5,000 people in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece and the United States between March 20 and April 9, 2015.

    French Less Hungry for Alternative News Sources Than Greek, US, UK, German Citizens

    Less than half of French citizens, 49 percent, would like to have an alternative to Western mainstream media news coverage — the lowest figure compared to the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Greece, the poll conducted revealed.

    Fifteen percent of French citizens said they were not interested in alternative news at all, while another 28 percent said they were "not very interested."

    Eight in Ten Greeks Interested in Non-Mainstream Commentary on World Affairs

    The vast majority, 81 percent, of Greek residents would be interested in having access to alternative points of view on world politics, such as that provided by Russian media, the poll showed.

    A quarter of respondents in Greece said they were "very interested," and 56 percent "quite interested" in alternative sources of information.

    Only 2 percent of Greek citizens expressed no interest in alternative coverage of international news.

    ICM Research surveyed over 1,000 people in Greece between March 20 and April 9, 2015.

    Earlier in May, ratings for the Greek parliamentary TV channel soared due to a live broadcast of the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow, which it televised for the first time.

    Since Greece was hit by an economic crisis in 2009, its people have become very skeptical of mainstream news organizations in the country, most of which are owned by the business elite. Now several years into the crisis, Greeks have become even hungrier for information from alternative news sources, with many small media outlets popping up across the country.

    In recent months, as Russia's relations with the West deteriorated amid conflicting stances on the Ukrainian crisis, many US and European media outlets have adopted a one-sided approach to covering events in Ukraine.

    An ICM poll published in April revealed that some 54 percent of respondents in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Greece said they did not trust mainstream media when it came to coverage of the Ukrainian crisis.

    The international public opinion research project Sputnik.Polls was launched in 2014, in conjunction with leading British public opinion survey specialists ICM Research.

    The Sputnik.Polls project conducts regular opinion polls to monitor public opinion toward social, political and cultural issues across Europe and the United States.

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