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Young Russians Are Skeptical of Most Media Outlets

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Although Russian young adults primarily turn to social media for news, a majority do not trust information reported by most media outlets.

A user holds a smartphone with an opened Facebook page in Moscow, Russia
Pavel Golovkin / AP
Public Opinion

Young Russians Feel More Threatened by Terrorism Than War in Ukraine

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Before the Crocus City Hall attack, a plurality of Russian young adults said Russia’s top foreign policy priority should be bolstering the country’s physical defenses.

People lay flowers and light candles next to the Crocus City Hall concert venue in Moscow
Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP
Public Opinion

Generation Putin: Proud Russians but Disengaged

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Although a plurality of young Russians say they are anxious about Russia’s political future, few vote or participate politically.

Young Russians hold Russian flags
Alexander Zemlianichenko / AP
Public Opinion

Americans Continue to Support Military and Economic Aid to Ukraine

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

However, Republican support for providing US assistance continues to steadily decline.

Mike Johnson speaks to reporters after a meeting with Volodymyr Zelenskyy
AP Photos
Public Opinion

Majority of Non-Trump Republicans Support Continued Aid to Ukraine

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Dina Smeltz

Republicans with a somewhat favorable or unfavorable view of the former president are more likely to say US assistance to Kyiv has been worth the cost.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington
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US Foreign Policy

American Public Support for Assistance to Ukraine Has Waned, But Still Considerable

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Six in 10 continue to support providing economic aid and sending additional arms and military supplies to the Ukrainian government, down slightly from a year ago.

Demonstrators rally at Lincoln Memorial in support of Ukraine
AP Photos
US Foreign Policy

Western Sanctions Have Largely Spared Ordinary Russians

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

Russians report limited impact of Western-imposed sanctions and continued support for the war in Ukraine.

Russians walk past the Red Square
AP Photos
Public Opinion

Do Russians Fear the West?

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

The Russian public is concerned about NATO expansion but does not think an attack from the West is imminent.

a woman holds a sign with NATO crossed out
AP Photos
Public Opinion

Majority of Russians Still Unwilling to Return Occupied Parts of Ukraine

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

While many Russians favor negotiating for peace with Kyiv, they are unwilling to give up any Ukrainian territory seized since 2014. They are, however, more open to a “neutral” status for eastern Ukraine.

Thousands of people wave Russian national flags as they gather on Red Square
AP Photos
Public Opinion

Russians Are Split over Benefits of Military Action in Ukraine

RESEARCH
Public Opinion Survey by Coauthors

While a majority continue to express support for the war and more now sense the military operation has been successful, the Russian public is divided on whether it has led to more positive or negative consequences.

People wait a bus at a bus stop with an army recruiting billboard calling for a contract for service in the Russian armed forces
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Public Opinion