An Independent Russian Poll Found Relatively Modest Support for the Country’s Invasion of Ukraine
A new poll carried out by a group of independent research organizations in Russia has found relatively modest support among the public for the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
The telephone survey of 1,640 Russian adults was carried out between February 28 and March 1 (the invasion began on February 24), and asked respondents whether they support the “military operation” in Ukraine.
According to the survey, 58% of Russian adults support the invasion, including 46% who said they firmly support it. Just under a quarter (23%) said they oppose it.
The results are significantly different from those reported by Russian state-run polling firm VCIOM, which says it found 71% of Russians support the invasion.
Support among young Russians is significantly lower compared to older generations.
Of those 18 to 24 years old, 29% support the invasion, while 39% oppose it.
Support for the invasion peaked among respondents aged 66 and older (75% support).
It goes without saying that it can be tough to rely on information currently coming out of Russia, however, The Washington Post obtained the results of the survey from Gary Langer, a U.S.-based polling expert and longtime director of polling at ABC News.
Langer told WaPo that he’s worked with the firms in the past and vouched for their credibility, describing them as “strong, independent survey research firms.”
Langer declined to share the names of the firms that conducted the polling, citing risks stemming from the tightening censorship in the country.