Eurobarometer: Europeans widely support EU response to Russian aggression against Ukraine
December 20, 2022

Eurobarometer: Europeans widely support EU response to Russian aggression against Ukraine

A new Eurobarometer survey, conducted in November 2022, shows that the measures taken by the EU in response to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine continue to enjoy strong support from EU citizens.

More than half of the respondents are satisfied with how their country’s citizens have reacted to the war in Ukraine, with respondents in Poland the most satisfied (83%). At the same time, around one in two respondents report being satisfied with how their national authorities, NATO and the EU have reacted to the war in Ukraine.

In terms of support for Ukraine, an overwhelming majority of Europeans still support specific EU measures in response to Russia’s war against Ukraine. Close to nine in ten approve of providing humanitarian support to the people affected by the war, more than eight in ten respondents support welcoming people fleeing the war into the EU, and 70% of respondents across the EU approve financial support to Ukraine. 

Seven in ten respondents approve of economic sanctions against the Russian government, companies and individuals, close to two-thirds of respondents approve banning state-owned Russian media from broadcasting in the EU, and about six in ten respondents approve of financing the purchase and supply of military equipment to Ukraine.

As for the response to energy challenges (the survey’s main focus), a large majority of EU citizens are positive about recent EU actions to tackle the energy crisis. In particular, more than eight in ten EU citizens (82%) agree that the EU should continue to take actions to reduce its dependency on Russian fossil fuels. An overwhelming majority of respondents (83%) think that Russia’s war against Ukraine makes it more urgent to invest in renewable energy; 87% of them believe that it is crucial to protect critical infrastructure such as pipelines and internet cables, while 83% also agree that the price of electricity should not depend on the price of gas.

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