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    Pollster Reveals That Crimeans Are Satisfied With the New Status Quo

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    About 80 percent of citizens of Crimea and Sevastopol are satisfied with the current situation on the peninsula, according to a recent poll conducted by the Moscow-based pollster Public Opinion Foundation (FOM).

    A survey released by the Moscow-based pollster Public Opinion Foundation revealed that around 80 percent of citizens of Crimea and Sevastopol are satisfied with the situation on the peninsula, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports.

    According to the poll, 84 percent of respondents in Crimea and 78 percent of those in Sevastopol are on the whole pleased with the current situation in the region.

    The famous Muscat Hamburg grapes on the plantations of Koktebel, Crimea
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    The famous Muscat Hamburg grapes on the plantations of Koktebel, Crimea

    More than 60 percent of the respondents feel that the situation in Crimea has improved, while 5 percent believe vice versa, the poll revealed.

    According to the survey, 49 percent of Crimean residents are mainly concerned over traffic and road problems, such as the quality of roads, traffic jams and communication with other regions of Russia and Ukraine. Many residents of Sevastopol are also upset about high prices and low incomes, the poll said.

    More than 60 percent of the respondents said that the quality of housing and communal services has not changed, while 50 percent pointed to improvements in the work of law enforcement agencies. 

    48 percent of Crimean residents and 39 percent of those in Sevastopol also praised positive changes in the health care sector, the poll showed.
    More than 2,000 respondents took part in the FOM survey, which was conducted in late April.

    Crimea became an integral part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum, in which an overwhelming majority voted in favor of Crimea's reunification with Russia. Sevastopol, which is located in the southwestern region of the Crimean Peninsula, is a city within the Crimean Federal District.


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