The latest CIS barometer reveals that Spaniards are very worried about the war in Ukraine as well as that 70.9% “strongly agree” or “quite agree” with sending weapons from NATO to defend themselves. Half are also in favor of a NATO military intervention in Ukraine if Russia does not withdraw its troops.
The March sampling, carried out after the outbreak of the war, includes a series of questions about the invasion of Ukraine in whose responses the percentages exceed 95% when it comes to expressing the solidarity of those surveyed with this country.
Only a certain rejection is detected when asking for the supply of weapons by NATO, which is opposed by 21.1%.
The poll, which does not ask for an opinion on the government’s decision to send weapons directly to the Ukrainian resistance, does raise whether NATO should intervene militarily in aid of Ukraine if Russia does not withdraw, something that the 51.9% vs. 35.4 who says he doesn’t agree.
97.4% believe that humanitarian aid must be sent to the Ukrainians, the 96.7% that all European countries must welcome the refugees and 93.7 that it is necessary to pressure Putin to withdraw his forces from Ukraine, in addition to supporting the imposition of Economic sanctions to Russia with a percentage of 89.2. 81.2% also think that Ukraine has the right to join NATO and 84.7% in the European Union.
Refering to position of the Government in the conflict, 39.7% are “very” or “fairly” in agreement with it, compared to 28.6 percent who say they agree “little” or “not at all” and 23.6 who say they agree “somewhat”.
The percentages are from 46.2% When evaluating positively the performance of the European Union, with 24.9 disapproving, and 36.6 supporting the NATO, whose performance in this crisis is rejected by 31.2%.
Great concern about the war and about Russia invading other Eastern countries
The CIS study points out that the concern of the Spanish for the war in Ukraine It’s huge, at least that’s what one confesses 86.4%of respondents who claim to be “very” or “quite” concerned. And he keeps asking them if they think it’s possible thatRussia invades other Eastern countriesbecause 75.3% corroborate it.
Convinced that what is happening in Ukraine concerns the EU (this is admitted by 95.7%) already Spain (82.7), the Spaniards fear that the consequences of the invasion will be “many” or “quite a lot” in the price of fuels (94%)as well as in your economic situation (84.5%) and in the price and supply of agricultural products (82.1).
The unease caused by the war is reflected to a lesser extent in the relationship between main problems of citizenswhere it appears in ninth placewith 7.8%.
Heading this table is economic crisis thanks to 49.6% mentions and unemployment (41.6 percent), while health is third (23.3 percent).
Sánchez, penultimate world leader in valuation
In addition, citizens assess the role that world leaders have played in this crisis, granting the highest note to the President of Ukraine Volodomir Zelensky (7.35) and the minimum to Russian Vladimir Putin (1.35), while the head of the Government, Pedro Sanchezremains in seventh place with a 5.39only ahead of the Chinese Xi Jinping (3.44) and Putin himself.
The opinion that Spaniards had of Putin before the invasion has worsened for 52.7%, although 44.6% affirm that it has not changed.
Zelensky is followed with a 6.74 by the president of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen and third place goes to the French president, Emmanuel Macron (6.73).
In fourth position is the European High Representative for Foreign Affairs, the Spanish Joseph Borrellwho achieved a grade of 6.41, ahead of the president of the USA, Joe Bidenwhich reaches 5.42 and then Pedro Sanchezlast on the approved list.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.