They generally get their information about Ukraine from TV (66%) and news on Yandex/Google (56%) and by word of mouth (50%). According to 79% of “supporters,” the war is going well for the Russian army. Most favor continuing the war (84%) and are satisfied with the situation in Russia (73%). They blame the rising tensions, as well as the responsibility for sanctions, on the US, NATO, the EU and Ukraine (72%). “Supporters” would like to restore the borders of the Soviet Union (77%) and believe that the war will strengthen Russia’s position in the world (71%).
Twenty-nine percent of the respondents favored canceling the “special operation,” with the biggest opposition coming from those involved in science/academia (85%), advertising and media (54%) and culture (40%) and students and the unemployed (about 40%). Twenty-five percent of men and 32% women voiced opposition. Most live in the North Caucasus and Siberian federal districts.
“Opponents” read online media (47%), browse VK groups (48%) and Telegram channels (38%) and watch news on YouTube (42%). Most of them think the “special operation” is going poorly for the Russian army (72%) and that it’s worth moving toward peace negotiations (63%). They are generally dissatisfied with the situation in Russia (51%) and are sure that Russia is to blame for the rising tensions (93%). They mostly believe that the war won’t strengthen Russia’s position in the world (65%) and that it isn’t worth trying to restore the borders of the Soviet Union (66%).