October 2023 – Almost seven in ten people globally say their government should support Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression. Majorities in all 30 countries and territories surveyed, except Mexico, want their governments to support Ukraine.
The survey of nearly 30,000 people in 30 countries and territories was conducted in July and August of 2023. Approximately 1,000 people in each country took part in the global study that asked them about their attitudes, opinions, and behaviors around a range of important issues and challenges facing the world.
Results show that 29 percent on average in the surveyed countries and territories “strongly agree” that their government should support Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression while another 40 percent “somewhat agree.” Only 11 percent “strongly disagree” while 20 percent “somewhat disagree.”
People in Portugal (86%), Sweden (81%), and Australia (80%) are the most supportive of Ukraine, followed by those in UK (79%) and Canada (78%). Mexicans are least likely to want their government to support Ukraine (46%), followed by Colombians (51%), Indonesians (54%), Saudis (55%), and Peruvians (55%).
In USA, the country supplying the most military aid to Ukraine, 70 percent of people want their government to support Ukraine. In Germany, another key supplier of military aid, 66 percent are supportive. Overall, people in the European and North American countries surveyed tend to be the most supportive of Ukraine, while those in Latin America express the least support.
Petro Burkovskyi, CEO of Democratic Initiatives Foundation, said: “These are truly impressive results! The GlobeScan survey has shown that Russian narratives are losing around the world, despite the huge efforts made by Kremlin. Solidarity of people from different countries with Ukraine is inspiring, it and gives Ukrainians the strength to continue the fight for freedom and independence.”
Chris Coulter, CEO of GlobeScan, commented: “Global public opinion continues to side with Ukraine. Strong majorities in Africa, Australia, Brazil, Europe, Japan, and North American all want their governments to support Ukraine as it fights for its freedom against Russia’s criminal invasion.”
For each of the following statements, please indicate if you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree.
– Our government should support Ukraine as it defends itself against Russian aggression.
01 Strongly agree
02 Somewhat agree
03 Somewhat disagree
04 Strongly disagree
GlobeScan administered an online survey to approximately 1,000 adults per country in each of the 31 countries and territories, except Hong Kong, Kenya, Nigeria, and Singapore where it was administered to 500 adults in each, and USA where it was administered to 1,500 adults. The total sample was 29,565 adults.
This question was not asked in China because of political sensibilities.
The survey was translated into local native languages (English in Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Singapore, and South Africa). All translations were proofread to ensure that the content was properly and completely translated with terminology suitable to the responding audience and ensuring that the text flows smoothly and naturally in each language.
Using stratified sampling from non-probability but managed online panels, samples are largely representative of the online population and weighted to the latest census data with the aim to be as nationally representative as possible. In some developing markets, the ability to weight to be nationally representative is limited by the extent of internet penetration (e.g., Kenya, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam).
Data collection took place in July and August 2023.
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About Democratic Initiatives Foundation
Founded in 1992, DIF is an independent, respected think tank focused on study of Ukrainian society and democratic processes based on analysis of public opinion trends.
DIF conducted more than 80 national and regional opinion polls including 17 national exit polls, dozens of expert surveys, 200+ focus groups, covering wide range of themes from anti-corruption to national security issues amid COVID-19 pandemic and perceptions of the climate change. Since 24 February 2023, DIF completed six nationwide studies and four regional surveys on the state of social resilience, and situational awareness analysis in the frontline urban communities.
Please, visit DIF web page (www.dif.org.ua/en) to see our latest research and analytical materials.
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