So states Forbs' Kenneth Rapoza based on Gallup and GfK data in his short, but pretty cognitive article published quite a while ago, this March.
One year after the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea, poll after poll shows that the locals there — be they Ukrainians, ethnic Russians or Tatars are mostly all in agreement: life with Russia is better than life with Ukraine.
Little has changed over the last 12 months. Despite huge efforts on the part of Kiev, Brussels, Washington and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the bulk of humanity living on the Black Sea peninsula believe the referendum to secede from Ukraine was legit. At some point, the West will have to recognize Crimea’s right to self rule.Gallup and GfK are among the most respected opinion researchers of the Western world, and they do not suffer from any pro-Russian bias.
Kenneth Rapoza: "One Year After Russia Annexed Crimea, Locals Prefer Moscow To Kiev". Enjoy the reading, the truth is short enough and won't take more that 5 minutes of your precious time.