The majority of respondents in Italy and Germany (69% and 60% respectively) and almost half of the French survey participants (47%) do not believe that Russia has plans to take over Poland and the Baltics. The opinion was most widely held among the highly-educated senior citizens.
On the contrary, in the United Kingdom and the United States, well-educated people do not rule out Russia's invasion of Eastern Europe (43% Brits and 55% Americans, primarily Democrats).
The poll was conducted by France's oldest public opinion company, Ifop, between April 21-25, 2017, in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK, and between April 21-27 in the United States. As many as 4,005 respondents, aged 18 plus, participated in the poll, making it a representative sample of the gender, age, and geographical distribution among the public in said countries. The maximum error is +/- 3.1% across a country with the confidence level of 95%.
In June 2016, NATO announced the deployment of four battalions in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland under the pretext of protecting the region from potential Russian aggression. Moscow repeatedly stressed that Russia will never attack any country of the alliance. As Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted, "NATO is well aware of that but uses the excuse to deploy more troops around the Russian border."
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