June 24, 2024

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Poll: 80% of European Union residents agree to accept refugees from Ukraine

The results of the Eurobarometer survey show that in the face of Russian aggression against Ukraine, 87% of residents of member countries EU agree to provide humanitarian support to Ukrainians affected by the war.

Another 83% agree with the reception of people fleeing war. Survey Eurobarometer also showed that 72% of EU citizens support economic sanctions against the Russian government, companies and individuals, and 70% agree with providing financial support to Ukraine.

Six out of ten approve of granting Ukraine EU candidate status and EU funding for purchases and supplies of military equipment to Ukraine.

Among recent crises, Russia's invasion of Ukraine has had the greatest impact on how EU citizens view the future (42%). This is followed by the pandemic and other health crises (34%) and the economic and financial crisis (23%). The war in Ukraine is considered on a list of fifteen issues as one of the two most important issues facing the EU.

The poll surveyed 26,399 people from 27 EU countries between April 3 and April 28. As shown by the same survey, the vast majority of residents of the European Union want cooperation in the defense sector to be strengthened at the EU level. The position of Commissioner for Defense may appear in the next European Commission. This idea was supported by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who is re-elected for a second term.

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