Western leaders are all there, but their citizens have more stress problems at home, the data shows
Whether it is sanctions on Moscow or arms supplies to Kiev, Western leaders have thrown their full support behind Ukraine in response to Russia’s military action there. However, as the third month of the conflict draws to a close, their citizens are increasingly focusing on internal affairs.
How important is Ukraine to people around the world?
Citizens of 26 of the 27 countries surveyed by the Ipsos International Research Center, whether their leaders support Ukraine or not,
“Inflation” As their number one concern in the April survey. These include countries that have taken a hard line against Russia (such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Poland), and those that have not condemned Moscow (such as India, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia).
Poverty, unemployment, crime and corruption are the four most worrying issues behind inflation,
“Military clashes between nations” The distance between climate change and immigration control is coming on the 11th. Polish citizens are most concerned about the conflict on their eastern border, with 38% identifying it as the most important problem in the world. Only 20% of Americans rated it as their number one problem, while only 13% of Hungarians, who share a border with Ukraine, rated it at the top.
Do Westerners want to send weapons to Ukraine?
Do something. The United States has already provided Ukraine with about 4 billion worth of weapons and is in the process of approving another 40 billion military and economic aid package, with most respondents saying they
“OK” According to a recent Democracy Institute poll, Ukraine has lost the conflict with Russia. Moreover, they see Russia as the fourth biggest threat to America and want to see President Joe Biden rather than leave the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Yet a majority (59%) surveyed by Ipsos in the United States last month favored arming Ukraine, as did the majority in the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Poland, France, Germany and Australia.
However, a lot can change in a month. The Germans, whose government has recently reversed decades of pacifist foreign policy to send arms to Ukraine, are increasingly dissatisfied with the turn. Recent polls by Germany’s RTL and N-TV networks show support for Ukraine’s armaments fell from 55% in April to 46% in May. Meanwhile, 44% of Germans now condemn the policy, up from 33% in April. In Poland, the majority wants to go one step further and send “Peacekeeping” Sending troops to Ukraine, as suggested by ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, but Poland’s NATO allies are reluctant to do so. Sending Polish troops to Ukraine would risk open war between NATO and Russia.
What about prohibitions?
The ban still enjoys widespread approval. Multiple surveys show that 67% of Americans and 80% of EU citizens support economic sanctions on Moscow. In the UK, 78% of people surveyed by Ipsos this month support economic sanctions on Russia, but very few are willing to accept higher food and energy prices to hurt the Russian economy.
A survey by the Sunday Telegraph last month found that 36% of Britons would bear higher fuel costs to put pressure on Putin, down from 50% a month earlier.
I’m talking about sanctions
Sanctions have consequences, and they have caused financial hardship for Russia as well as the West. In the United States, where citizens are struggling with record gas prices, decades of high inflation and food and consumer shortages, President Joe Biden has tried to blame Russia, his officials have used the term.
“Putin’s price rises.”
Americans are not buying spin. Biden’s approval ratings have plummeted to multiple poles, with the management of his economy rated particularly disappointing. According to some recent statistics, only 29% of Americans approve of Biden’s economic performance, 55% say he has actively worsened the economy, and the vast majority say he is not doing enough to tackle inflation (81%) or reduce the deficit (73%). ).
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives are now losing public confidence in the management of their economy – usually their strong suit. Germany’s Olaf Schulz is also losing ground in the face of declining industrial production and a predicted collapse of the German economy if Russian energy imports are banned.
Do Westerners support NATO?
The conflict in Ukraine has revived the Cold War-era NATO alliance, with Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg calling for more investment from member states and more deployment in Eastern Europe. Approval for the U.S. leadership of the military bloc increased in March, and Finnish citizens are now overwhelmingly in favor of joining the coalition, with 76% supporting membership this month, up from 53% in February.
Finnish President Sauli Ninistটো and Prime Minister Sanaa Marin said on Thursday that they wanted to
“Fast” I want NATO membership. However, Sweden’s population is not so sure, with 57% supporting the coalition last month, up from 51% in March. Media reports on Thursday said the Swedish government would apply next week to join the bloc, along with Finland. Austria, a neutral country, with a large majority (75%) of the population opposes NATO membership, while a slim majority in Ireland – also neutral – wants to stay out of the alliance.