Just 10% of Britons think the West is doing enough to stop Russia winning in Ukraine

Matthew SmithHead of Data Journalism
March 10, 2022, 3:12 PM GMT+0

Few are willing to see the UK take more concrete steps, however

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has once again called upon NATO countries to impose a no-fly zone over his country to keep Russian aircraft away.

The Ukrainian leader has been critical of the West’s failure to offer more support, saying that NATO should tell Ukrainians whose children had died “sorry we didn't do it yesterday, one week ago… We did nothing and it's true, yesterday the world did nothing”.

Now a new YouGov survey shows only 10% of Britons think that the economic actions the West is taking against Russia, and the military aid being sent to Ukraine, is enough to stop the Russians from winning.

Two thirds (67%) say that it is not enough, evenly split between the 34% who say it is “not quite enough” and the 33% who say it is “not nearly enough”.

This opinion is non-partisan, with Conservative and Labour voters sharing the same views.

None of this is to say that the British public is willing to take more concrete steps to help Ukraine in its struggle. A question on the same survey found that Britons oppose a no-fly zone by 38% to 29%. Likewise, only 24% back sending troops to Ukraine, and 27% support air strikes against Russian targets in the country.

Those who think the West is doing “not nearly enough” to help Ukraine are no more likely than those who think our efforts are more adequate to want to take stronger action in the country.

See the full results here

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