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Britons rate Russia more positively than EU: Poll

Published on Mar 23, 2014 8:43 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Britons 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.

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.

The results of the online poll of 20,000 people between 7 and 20 January organised by Conservative party peer Lord Michael Aschcroft were published in Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid The Sun on Sunday.

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.

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