Most Europeans Mistrust Mainstream Media Biased Coverage of Ukraine Crisis

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Residents of the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Greece have little faith in mainstream media covering the Ukrainian conflict, a poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik News Agency showed.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – An average of 54 percent of residents in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Greece place little or no trust in how their respective mainstream media cover the Ukrainian conflict, a poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik News Agency showed.

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.

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Britons have the greatest trust in mainstream media, the poll revealed. As many as 55 percent of respondents there said they put a great deal or a fair amount of trust in the coverage of events in Ukraine by British media, while 33 percent said it was biased.

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. 

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