Over two in five UK adults would support NATO or US military intervention if Russia were to invade Ukraine (44%), with just one in five opposed to this (19%), according to new polling by Savanta ComRes.
The proportion who support NATO or US military intervention in the event of an invasion rises to almost half of both Conservative (47%) and Labour (47%) voters from 2019. Men (51%) are significantly more likely than women (36%) to support military intervention.
However, for UK adults, NATO or US economic sanctions against the Russian government (60%) or Russian businesses (58%) are more popular responses should Russia invade Ukraine. Furthermore, under one in ten oppose sanctions against either (8% oppose to each).
The UK’s Defence Minister has said that Britain has supplied Ukraine with short-range anti-tank missiles as self-defence, amid concerns about a Russian invasion, along with a small deployment of British troops to offer training to Ukrainian services.
Over two in five UK adults support the government having done this (44%), with around one in five opposed to it (22%) and a quarter neither in support or opposition (24%).
Chris Hopkins, Political Research Director at Savanta ComRes said, “With tensions building on the Russia and Ukraine border, this poll finds that there is broad support for military intervention, although economic sanctions tend to garner more support.
“The support for intervention of some form perhaps comes as no surprise considering Vladimir Putin is one of the most unfavourable world leaders in our poll, second only to Kim Jong-un, while Russia itself is seen similarly unfavourably to North Korea and China. And with a majority of Brits saying an invasion is likely, on the evidence of this poll it would appear that intervention would not be opposed by large swathes of the public.”