Who´s responsible for the war in Ukraine?
A scientific team from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University and the University of Prešov regularly monitor Slovak respondents´ opinions on the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine. In August 2022, researchers again tried to find out who Slovaks consider responsible for the war against our eastern neighbours. Most respondents (68%) identified Russia as the one responsible for the war in Ukraine. However, this number has decreased compared to the results of March 2022, and the data also points to other changes.
When asked: Which country do you think is responsible for the military conflict in Ukraine? 68% of respondents identified Russia as the one responsible for the war in Ukraine. The USA (48%) and Ukraine (45%) followed. According to 39% of respondents, the North Atlantic Alliance is responsible for the war in Ukraine, and the fewest respondents (31%) identify with the statement that the European Union is responsible for the war conflict in Ukraine.
There are several changes compared to the same survey conducted in March 2022. While in March, 76% of respondents agreed with the statement that Russia is responsible for the war conflict in Ukraine, in August, 68% agreed with this statement. In the case of other subjects, it was reversed. More respondents indicated their responsibility for the war in Ukraine in August than in March. The chart below offers a detailed comparison of the results from March 2022 and August 2022:
The online survey on a representative sample of 1819 respondents was carried out by the University of Prešov, the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University and the Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences SAS in collaboration with 2muse company. The research is part of the APVV project Behavioural aspects of COVID-19: Mapping the COVID-related behaviours and psychological, social, and economic consequences of the pandemic
Prepared by: Lenka Vargová, Faculty of Arts of PU in Prešov, and Michal Kentoš, Institute of Social Sciences of Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences SAS