One year on, my polling shows how optimism is growing in Ukraine

  • 24 February, 2023
  • Politics
  • Polling

Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine a year ago today. My latest polling reveals how optimism has grown in Ukraine, how Putin has so far largely kept control of the narrative in Russia, and how the British and American public see their country’s role in the conflict.

Allies and aid

Asked whether various countries and organisations were doing enough to help, nearly three quarters of Ukrainians in our survey said yes for Britain; 71% did so for the US.

Only around half said the same of Germany, France and NATO, though these scores had improved considerably since we asked the same question in June 2022. Welcome as it was, the support could have come sooner: “Other countries did not understand Putin’s level of craziness, or of Russians in general. If we had had tanks in the summer, we could have taken back the territories,” as one Kyiv focus-group participant put it.

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