Opinions on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

March 3, 2022

From February 25 to February 27, 2022, Leger conducted a survey to explore Canadians’ and Americans’ opinions on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

SOME OF THE KEY FINDINGS OF OUR SURVEY ON THE RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE INCLUDE…

  • 89% of Canadians and 78% of Americans are personally concerned about Russia invading Ukraine.
  • 66% of Canadians and 62% of Americans believe the Russian invasion of Ukraine has the potential to develop into a world war.
  • Canadians and Americans agree with respect to what their country’s first steps should be based on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
    • 45% of Canadians and 38% of Americans think stronger economic sanctions should be imposed on Russia.
    • 21% of Canadians and 19% of Americans think negotiations should be started to find a peaceful compromise.
  • In a conflict with Russia, 37% of Canadians are confident in Justin Trudeau leading Canada and 39% of Americans are confident in Joe Biden leading the United States.

Do you think the Russian invasion of Ukraine has the potential to develop into a world war?

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

  • 1,519 Canadians and 1,004 Americans aged 18 or older were surveyed using Leger’s online panel, LEO, from February 25 to 27, 2022.
  • Using 2016 Census reference variables, the Canadian data was weighted according to gender, age, mother tongue, region, education level,  presence of children in households, and according to the party they voted for in the last federal election in order to render a representative sample of the general population.​ 
  • Using 2010 U.S. Census reference variables, the American data was weighted by our statisticians according to gender, age, region, race/ethnicity, household size and education level in order to render a representative sample of the general population.  
  • A margin of error cannot be associated with a non-probability sample in a panel survey. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size would have a margin of error ±2.52%, 19 times out of 20 for the Canadian sample and of ±3.09%, 19 times out of 20 for the American sample.

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