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Britons Rate Russia More Favorably Than European Union, Israel

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One would think that for all its demonization in the Western press, not to mention the countless comparisons to Hitler and/or the Antichrist, that Putin's Russia would be viewed relatively negatively especially in that bastion of western thought: Britain. Yes, perhaps: it certainly doesn't have a sterling image. However what is remarkableis that depite recent events in the Crimea, Britons still see Russia in a more positive light than the European Union, despite recent tensions with Moscow over Ukraine, according to a poll published on Saturday.

Perhaps this is not surprising, because as AFP reports, voters in Britain are also equally divided about whether to remain in the 28-member bloc, a subject on which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum in 2017 and which is the reason for the blistering ascent in popularity of such political parties as the UKIP.

The league table of 27 "liked" countries and institutions put the European Parliament -- for which elections are being held in May -- sixth from bottom, and the EU fourth from bottom.

Only Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea ranked below the European parliament when those polled were asked how positive or negative they felt towards them. Israel was fifth from bottom and Russia was seventh from bottom. Canada was top.

To be sure, the poll taken before relations between Russia and the West were plunged into the deep freeze because of the crisis in the Ukraine and Russia's absorption of the Crimean peninsula.

Other poll findings:

  • 41 percent thought Britain should remain in the EU, while exactly the same percentage thought it should leave, with the rest undecided.
  • Only 20 percent of voters were confident that Cameron could renegotiate a better deal for Britain with the EU. He has pledged to do so and then hold a referendum on Britain's EU membership in late 2017, provided that he is re-elected in May 2015.

"Britain is split down the middle," Ashcroft wrote on his website.

Separately, a Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday newspaper showed that 48 percent would vote to leave the EU in a referendum, 39 would vote to stay in, and 13 percent were undecided. It polled 1,000 adults online on Thursday and Friday.

Bottom line: when it comes to authoritarian, illegitimate dictatorial regimes, Russia is certainly giving the EU a run for its money.

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Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:35 | 4584904 The wheels on t...
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How many 'Britains' do you think live in 'Britain'? the place lost its identity years ago. There are more Britains in Australia than there are in Britain!

Didnt mean to poop on your post....

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:36 | 4584907 Max Hunter
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rumor that Israel closed all embassies is this true?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:49 | 4584924 GetZeeGold
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Britons Rate Russia More Favorably Than European Union

 

I would too if I realized I stood a good chance of being hacked to death in the streets by a fanatic Muslim.

Stuff like that doesn't happen in Russia.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:50 | 4584939 Independent
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Tell that to the 300 plus little kids in that elementary school in Beslan killed by the Chechens

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:04 | 4584992 GetZeeGold
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Today Crimea,......tomorrow Chechnya. Maybe Ukraine will be first....not sure.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 13:24 | 4586104 Fortunate Fool
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"Britons still see Russia in a more positive light than the European Union"

 

You're a bit mistaken Tyler, as usual I might say. Britons like Russian money coming into London's City and Real Estate. Now change the question and ask them: would you rather live somewhere in the EU or in Russia? 99.9% would answer in the EU, and it's not difficult to understand why...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 14:04 | 4586155 NidStyles
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More like the Britons like their overlords. Those people can't seem to handle having freedoms anyways, they love their serfdom in England... Strange bunch those British...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:46 | 4586781 koperniuk666
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So you have been to Russia? How many times? How many regions. I think it is very nice and safe. the people are great and the food is excellent. The scenery is beautiful and the girls are hot and easy. It's also very cheap outside `Moscow. What is there to not like about it?

I would vote for Putin over that spineles useless c.runt Cameron.

So, then which parts can you describe to me that you have visited?

Or do you get your information from the MSM? 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:42 | 4586769 koperniuk666
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Not Chechnya, they have only just finished rebuilding it at huge cost. I take it you have been there? I have. It's very smart and new.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:57 | 4584966 Shrapnel
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It didn't happen in the UK either, that was a staged event like so many others that western governments and the MSM would like to sell us.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:12 | 4585266 taoJones
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Chancellor Sutler is not amused...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:58 | 4584968 DeliciousSteak
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In Russia fanatic nationalists hack the muslims to death. Open violence against central asian migrants is not that rare. Even at this very moment they are holding training camps in the deep woods...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:42 | 4585157 LasVegasDave
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As well they should.

Know your enemy

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:45 | 4585388 Kirk2NCC1701
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Let's not go off tangent too much, but you can always carry some sort of personal defence items in 'questionable' areas. E.g. telescopic baton, pepper spray, tazer.

Having common sense on at all times, and a presence of mind of your surroundings are probably the best weapons. Alas, most people are too oblivious to things beyond themselves. Darwinism, baby, Darwinism.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:50 | 4586805 koperniuk666
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I have been visiting Russia for 30 years. I do not fear the Russians at all. They are nice people. However I fear Islam. The Russians are right to be prepared.

This guy (below) has nearly 2m hits on Youtube...

Check it out

\ttp://www.patcondell.net/

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:06 | 4585005 Joshua Falken
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The treatment of Britain by Obama, Kerry, Clinton, Bernanke and Geithner would lead any sane person to question Washington's motives. 

The European Union is an unelected, central control behemoth that wants more money from Britain.

Israel is an intratable problem that most Brits don't understand and want to keep away from.

Most Brits I know would trust China and Russia over the EU and USA

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:24 | 4585082 RadioactiveRant
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Brits should hate israel, while 449,700 Brits were dying trying to save their asses in WWII they assassinated Lord Moyne and went on to launch an insurrection against British forces in Palestine killing a further 784 Brits, sending 21 letting bombs to senior British politicians and plotting to assassinate revered war time leader Winston Churchill.

Thats jewish gratitude for you.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:53 | 4585422 Kirk2NCC1701
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Coveting is in their genes and part of their culture, except that it is now labelled as "good" by the Mammon-worshipping, Talmudic mystics/types.

See story of David, Uriah. How did the latter's loyalty work out for him, when David decided to shag his wife?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:15 | 4585015 Son of Captain Nemo
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"I would too if I realized I stood a good chance of being hacked to death in the streets by a fanatic Muslim.

Stuff like that doesn't happen in Russia."...

No you are correct Sir. 

It only happens when British and American Intelligence pay for it to happen on their own streets, or in places like Volgograd, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria... to secure their "interests" through idle threats and coercion (the usual chair satan stuff)both at home and abroad!

P.S.

You forgot to mention the bombs and thermite

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:50 | 4584942 BadDog
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Yes, it's true.  It's being reported as a labor dispute.  If you buy that one, I have a certain bridge for sale.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:56 | 4584960 Max Hunter
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Anyone that believes that is an absolute moron. Somehting is up.. the cliff is getting very close.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:57 | 4584962 Son of Captain Nemo
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MX

Agree with you something ain't kosher with the Yids on that one....  And the Shekel was doing so well last week!!!?...

Something is defintely up with this little "prick".

 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:04 | 4584998 Max Hunter
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Yeeeeeep.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:24 | 4585321 Canadian Dirtlump
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yeah that is true. It is claimed to be a strike by diplomats because they were... errrr.. being errr.. "gypped" on their salaries. Of course the conspiritorial spirit gets awakened at that point..

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:02 | 4585458 Son of Captain Nemo
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Actually glad CD if that is true, but given the Anglo-American alliance's unending "track record" Why wouldn't we believe in another "conspiracy"?

 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:43 | 4584919 Dismal Scientist
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Its Britons actually, not 'Britains'. There are still a lot of us. As for losing identity, if I'm right in assuming you're an 'Amurican', then thats hilarious. You guys are still struggling to find one in the first place...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:52 | 4584946 The wheels on t...
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Thanks for correcting my spelling, i appreciate it.

I am actually a true 'Brit' and you need to get out more and look who is around you....

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:06 | 4585007 Dismal Scientist
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Oh, but I do, every day. Sometimes I even leave the South East, you should see how many Brits there are once London and its multicultural environment is left behind. Country's swarming with them, usually whining about damn foreigners taking their jobs, while being fed bread, benefits and circuses...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:17 | 4585051 ElZorillo
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I dont believe you're british at all.. a cunt yes.. british? I doubt.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:30 | 4585106 Dismal Scientist
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Opinions are like arseholes, son. Everyone has one. Now get back in yer box...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:35 | 4585136 smacker
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A little something I posted yesterday about immigration in Britain;

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-03-22/imfs-property-tax-hike-proposal...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:58 | 4585210 shovelhead
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I thought 'The colonial country that took on the greatest imperial military power, kicked it's ass and sent it home' was a pretty good identifier.

Been working for a long time now.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:27 | 4585338 Canadian Dirtlump
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My personal opinion is that a Briton is probably more likely to be represented in the survey than is a *insert* homeland* new briton who doesn't speak or read english and live in a flat on taxpayer money which the average briton couldn't afford.

 

YOu'll get no argument from me that open border multicutltural aspirations are a road to nowhere. Or at least a road to the dump.

 

That being the case it simply shows that they are lucid and have felt the tip of the spear on the treasonous policies of the relevant countries / blocks.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:44 | 4584908 Son of Captain Nemo
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The "rat" flees it's own "stinking" ship!

Good luck England making new friends in that neighborhood after the bridges you've burned with them...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:55 | 4584954 john39
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zionist bankers, pedophile royals...  floods of immigrants allowed in to gut the country...  what's not to love?  I would want to move to Russia too if i lived in the UK... then again, i live in the U.S. and want to move to Russia.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:02 | 4584976 Son of Captain Nemo
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"Out, Damned spot"! "Out, I say"!...

That goes for both father & son(s).

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 11:12 | 4585502 Kirk2NCC1701
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The dirty little 'secret' that Brits don't like to discuss in polite circles, is that the Empire lived off the resources and labor of its colonies for many decades.  It is only poetic justice that the tables be turned. As you sow...

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:37 | 4584910 agent default
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The propaganda machine is beginning to break down.  Time for more restriction of rights and more control over the lives of the serfs.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:59 | 4584972 Acet
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Oh no, this exactly the result of a fully working propaganda machine: In the UK, the usual propaganda is to blame Europe, the poor and the unemployed, all the while a rich cronyist elite is feasting like crazy, their snouts deep in the trough of direct and indirect public subsidies.

The only reason why Russia is above the EU is that the later has been traditionally portraid as the "foreign escape goat" in all those newspapers and TV channels which are privatelly owned by the same people who benefit the most from political contacts and state largeness.

Sadly, because the overwelmingly majority of them cannot speak any language other than English, the majority of Britons don't have access to any independent newspapers or TV channels.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:47 | 4585171 tony wilson
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when the machine coughs a splutters nothing like a nice tavistock mi5 jewish psy op to get the masses hungry for arab or russian blood.

already on the bbc radio folks call in from bedsits talking tough and how we brits need to put putin in his place.

how putin may have gone insane watch out is all eye say.

a peter power type drill has to happen soon to many confusing things at play.

fixed point energy direction towards horror.

fixed group hate projection at mi5 foe is needed.

escalation is the only option now.

 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:04 | 4585234 shovelhead
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Ok. Your a Brit.

Explains the crazy.

Lots of cats too?

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:40 | 4584916 Dr. Venkman
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The way things are going, Britons will not have to wait until 2017 to be rid of the EU.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:47 | 4584921 Goldenballs
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Cameron ( Traitor ) dare not ask the country because we want out.As Cameron is an arch bullshitter who makes continual noise but does bugger all about anything he will continually make an excuse to never let us vote on it which is why him and his corrupt Government have to go.

 

 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:09 | 4585019 adonisdemilo
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Cameron already promised a referendum then reneged because of the coatition. We have no idea whether he will keep or even be allowed to keep any promises regarding another one.

It isn't the government that's corrupt, just a few Europhiles and a hell of a lot of the civil servants-largely the same civil servants who were running the administration when Tony "war criminal" Blair was PM. 

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:32 | 4585118 smacker
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The average Brit has no idea just how much power and control is wielded by the ranks of unelected Civil Servants. These people own and run the huge government machine and are well capable of bringing it down or simply throwing spanners into the works, if they want. Whenever a newly elected Minister walks thru the door, if they don't like his ideas or election promises, then they pull the plug, and if necessary on him too by way of carefully leaked "dirt". And every last one of them is committed to ever bigger government and ever more authoritarianism.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:24 | 4585320 agent default
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You mean Sir Humphrey exists for real?  At least he didn't like Europe.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:27 | 4586719 smacker
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He certainly does. Except that the TV portrayal of "Sir Humphrey" being a likeable Civil Servant was a distraction of what these top Civil Servants are really like.

From the unelected Cabinet Secretary right down the ranks of the unelected Tax Inspector, they hold enormous power and influence over the elected politicians.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 08:46 | 4584922 Max Damage
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You don't know us in the UK very well to find that surprising. WE HATE the EU with a massvie passion over here. It is a socialist dictatorship forced onto us by corrupt politicians of all flavours

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 09:02 | 4584982 DeliciousSteak
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Funnily enough, one of Russia's geopolitical objectives in Europe is to isolate Britain from continental Europe. Seems like half of the British public agree with this objective.

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:52 | 4585419 Endgamer
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Nigel Farage is living proof that many Britons are awake.  My hat's off to you.

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