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Not enough weapons, not enough Russian sanctions: opinion poll

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Not enough weapons, not enough Russian sanctions: opinion poll
Ukrainians strongly support the government, favor international humanitarian aid, but consider the military aid to Ukraine to be inadequate. They also think that current Western sanctions against Russia are insufficient and weak.   

The ninth national poll conducted by the Sociological Group “Rating” on 26 April 2022, showed that 80% of respondents believe that things in Ukraine are moving in the right direction. Only 10% disagreed with this assessment, while another 10% could not make an assessment. The assessment of the direction of things in the country as a correct one continues to dominate in all the regions of Ukraine and across all the age groups.

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The assessment of international assistance from Ukraine’s Western partners has improved over the past 1.5 months. In particular, the respondents pointed to the positive dynamics in the provision of diplomatic, humanitarian, and financial assistance. About 60% consider diplomatic and humanitarian aid sufficient (this share was about 50% in early March). 46% consider financial support sufficient (39% in March).

The assessment of the provision of weapons to Ukraine almost has not changed: 29% consider it sufficient and 65%, insufficient. The assessment of economic sanctions against Russia has deteriorated: only 20% consider them sufficient (this share was 33% in March).

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Over the past two months, Ukrainians’ attitudes toward the leaders of Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Türkiye, Lithuania, and France have improved significantly. 92% of the respondents have a positive attitude to Polish President Duda, 87%, British Prime Minister Johnson, 86%, US President Biden, 76%, Turkish President Erdoğan, 75%, Lithuanian President Nausėda, and 75%, French President Macron. 66% have a positive attitude towards the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

At the same time, the attitude towards German Chancellor Scholz has deteriorated: 30% have a positive attitude towards him, while 54% have a negative attitude (in January 2022, the share of the latter ones was 23%). 26% report a positive attitude towards German President Steinmeier, while 44% have a negative attitude towards him.

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The absolute majority of the respondents have a negative attitude towards the leaders of Belarus (96%) and Russia (98%).

Audience: the population of Ukraine aged 18 and older in all oblasts, except for the temporarily occupied territories of the Crimea and Donbas. The sample is representative by age, sex and type of settlement. Sample population: 1000 respondents. Survey method: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews). Error of representativeness of the study with a confidence level of 0.95: not more than 3.1%. Dates: April 26, 2022.

Rating (Ukrainian: Рейтинг) is a Ukrainian independent, a non-governmental research organization that specializes in conducting all types of sociological research in compliance with international standards. It conducts national and regional political, thematic, marketing and media research on a regular basis.

Rating agencySociological Group “RATING”
01010, Kyiv, 3 Ivana Mazepy Str., office 3
(+380 98) 575-7020
(+380 98) 937-4288 [email protected]


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