Russian TV news channel Dozdh gleefully declared that the comprehensive polling data had shown that "less than a third of the residents of the self-proclaimed DPR actually support the separatists," adding that only a tiny minority "agreed that they consider themselves patriots of Russia…with only 10 percent of the DPR's residents considering themselves [as such]."
Moskovsky Komsomolets also jumped in, saying that the polling had finally proven that "contrary to popular belief, it turns out that the majority of the residents of these territories are not against Maidan, and that they do not support the DPR."
So what's behind the bungling of polling data that Ukrainian and pro-Kiev Russian media had so gleefully jumped on? Did the results really just 'definitively prove' that the fledgling republic has no public support?
Secondly, the source of glee and amusement among the Ukrainian media and their Russian supporters appears to have been the result of an attempt by the Donetsk News Agency to stretch out their story on the poll's results, releasing them in small chunks, bit by bit, showing residents' responses from among a list of several options.
Realizing their mistake Saturday, only after pro-Maidan crowd had already had their field day, the DNA released the more detailed results of the poll, compiling them in one place. The complete poll results clarified that the answer "I'm against the authorities that came to power as a result of the events of Maidan," which garnered 29 percent support and became the basis for the anti-DPR media's hysteria, was found to have been one of only several answers to a question about why residents "for one reason or another, expressed support for the DPR."
The polling results thus showed that nearly 89 percent of respondents, not 29 percent, expressed support for Donbass autonomy and the DPR project, a message which the Donetsk News Agency had initially bungled, to the tremendous amusement of pro-Kiev media. However, the complete figures, released since then, should serve as a sobering reminder of reality on the ground in the DPR.