Concern about Ukraine remains high among Britons

Widespread approval for President Zelenskyy, but views divided towards Prime Minister and UK government response

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  • Gideon Skinner Head of Political Research
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs
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New research from Ipsos shows widespread approval among Britons of the way President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine is handling the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Eight in 10 (78%) Britons say he has done a good job while only 6% disagree. 

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In comparison, around a third of Britons say Boris Johnson (35%) or the UK Government (36%) have done a good job with their response. While this is more positive than at the start of the crisis, there is now some sign of rising criticism, with a quarter (26%) saying the Government has done a bad job while 31% say the same for the Prime Minister, up 7 and 9 points respectively from last week. 

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Looking at other countries, 4 in 10 (41%) say the European Union has done a good job reacting to the invasion (17% bad), while 33% think President Joe Biden’s has done a good job (24% bad). 

Nine in 10 (89%) now say they are following stories about the Russian invasion of Ukraine closely, up from 73% before Russia sent in troops. 

This may be unsurprising considering a vast majority of Britons continue to be worried about the impacts of the invasion. Nine in 10 (91%) are concerned about the impact on Ukrainian civilians, 85% are worried about how the UK economy will be impacted while 8 in 10 (80%) are concerned about the effect the invasion will have on UK national safety and security. Six in 10 (63%) are concerned about the impact the Russian invasion of Ukraine will have on themselves. 

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Support continues to be high for diplomatic and economic interventions (65%) and humanitarian interventions (64%). Support for military intervention remains lower at 25%. But only one in 10 (11%) say Britain should not intervene at all, down from 21% when this question was first asked in January 2022.

Gideon Skinner, Head of Political Research at Ipsos in the UK, said:

Britons remain focused on the news from Ukraine, amid high levels of concern both for its impact on Ukrainians themselves (along with widespread support for President Zelenskyy), and the impact it may have on the UK economy and national security.  Support for diplomatic, economic, and humanitarian actions continues, but although ratings of the Government’s and Prime Minister’s response are more positive than at the very start of the crisis, there is some sign of increased criticism this week.

Technical note:

  • Ipsos interviewed a representative sample of 1,027 British adults aged 18-75. Interviews were conducted online on the 10th March 2022. Data are weighted to match the profile of the population. All polls are subject to a wide range of potential sources of error.
     

The author(s)

  • Gideon Skinner Head of Political Research
  • Cameron Garrett Public Affairs

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