Britons view Russia more favourably than both EU and EU ParliamentWatch
It seems shocking but on further reflection it is not a surprise. One of the things which has a deep effect on people's emotions is that the EU is faceless. No human faces attach to the institution or speak for it. It is a faceless entity.
It's a dig at our government and opposition to the EU, why do you think people negatively call it the EUSSR? Not because we want to be like Russia that's for sure! But as far as world politics go, they aren't too bad.
I think people view Russia as a country that looks after its own interests and wish we were the same, when it comes to world politics.