The survey was carried out from March 20 to April 9, 2015 and targeted more than 4,000 people.
It revealed that 39 percent of people polled said they had "not very much" trust in mainstream mass media when it came to reporting on the Ukrainian crisis "accurately and fairly," while 15 percent of all respondents answered "none at all" in respect to their faith in such media reports.
A further 34 percent said they had a "fair amount" of trust in their local media’s presentation of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Only four percent felt the reporting was absolutely trustworthy.
Greeks showed the least faith in their domestic mainstream media, with a total of 76 percent saying they were fairly or totally distrustful of reports on Ukraine. In Germany, this opinion was expressed by 57 percent of respondents.
Over 6,000 people have been killed in clashes in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict in April 2014. Kiev and its Western allies blame Russia’s alleged support of anti-government militias there for the escalation in violence. Moscow has firmly denied this accusation.
The international public opinion research project Sputnik.Polls was launched in 2014, in conjunction with leading British public opinion survey specialists ICM Research. It conducts regular opinion polls to monitor public sentiment toward social, political and cultural issues in Europe and the United States.