Poll Finds 72% of Russians Support Syria Strikes, Interfax Says

Seventy-two percent of Russians support the country’s airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, Interfax reported, citing a poll by the Levada Center.

Fourteen percent of respondents oppose the military campaign, while another 14 percent were unsure, the news service reported. The survey of 1,600 people in 46 Russian regions was conducted Oct. 2 to 5.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday that Russia had hit 112 targets in Syria since the campaign began on Sept. 30 and that “the intensity of the strikes is increasing.” The operations were expanded to include cruise missiles fired from warships in the Caspian Sea, he said.