European Citizens' Opinion on the EU’s response to the war in Ukraine

Respondents widely in favour of the unwavering support to Ukraine and its people

The results of the latest Eurobarometer Survey reveal that there is a large consensus among EU citizens in favour of the EU's response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Most Europeans believe that since the war started, the EU has shown solidarity (79%) and has been united (63%) and fast (58%) in its reaction.

Respondents are widely in favour of the unwavering support to Ukraine and its people. In fact, more than nine out of ten European respondents, approve providing humanitarian support to the people affected by the war. Furthermore, 88% of European respondents approve the idea of welcoming in the EU people fleeing the war and 89% feel sympathy towards Ukrainians.

Malta’s strong support to Ukraine and its people is strongly reflected in the results of this survey, as almost all Maltese respondents approve of providing humanitarian support to the people affected by the war. Similarly, when compared to European respondents, Maltese respondents have some of the highest sympathy towards Ukrainian people (96%) and the largest approval of welcoming in the EU people fleeing the war (95%). Furthermore, Maltese respondents have shown great support towards the financial support provided to Ukraine (92%) when compared to European respondents (80%).

Support for the sanctions imposed on Russia following its military attack against Ukraine is also very high. 79% of Europeans approve sanctions against Russian oligarchs to impose clear economic and political costs on Russia's political elite responsible for the invasion. On this matter, Maltese respondents highlighted the importance of a clear distinction to be made between Russian leadership and Russian people (89%).

The survey also shows broad support for the EU's actions in the field of energy aiming at getting rid of dependency on Russian fossil fuels. There is a large consensus among European respondents that measures should be taken at the European level to limit the impact of rising energy prices on consumers and companies. This was also reflected in the case of Malta, whereby 96% of respondents agreed that such measures should be taken by the EU.

For the full results of this Flash Eurobarometer Survey click here.