Conflict with Ukraine: July 2022

Over the past month, there have been no significant changes in the attitude of Russians to the “special operation”. The majority of respondents remain concerned about the events in Ukraine, and also support the actions of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine. Support and concern among young people is lower than in the country as a whole. Confidence that the “special operation” will last from six months or longer keeps on growing.

The proportion of people who closely monitor the situation around Ukraine has not changed much: 25% follow “very closely” and 31% “quite closely”.

Respondents from the older age group (55 years and older) are most closely following events related to Ukraine – 74% are closely following the events. In the age group from 40 to 54 years, 55% of respondents are closely follow the events, as do 41% of people aged 25 to 39, 36% aged 18 to 24.

The level of concern about events in Ukraine remains at the same high level: 81% of respondents are concerned about what is happening, 19% are not. The greatest concern is typical for people aged 55 and older: 63% of them are very concerned about what is happening, 29% are rather worried. The youngest respondents are the least concerned about what is happening: 18% are very worried and 52% are rather worried.

The level of support for the actions of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine has hardly changed: 76% of respondents support the Special Military Operation (48% – definitely support it unconditionally, 28% – rather support it), 8% – do not support it (8% – definitely, 10% – rather).

The greatest support for the actions of the Russian armed forces in Ukraine is observed among the older age group – 84% support; the lowest level of support is typical for young respondents (18-24): 57% of them express support.

The proportion of people who believe that a “military operation” will last less than six months is gradually decreasing. If in June this opinion was held by 33% of respondents, then in July it was already 27%

The most common position among the population is that a military special operation will last more than a year (28%). The share of respondents who believe that the Special Military Operation will last from six months to a year has increased to 24% (in June – 22%).


The survey by the Levada Center was conducted July 21 – 27 2022, among a representative sample of all Russian urban and rural residents. The sample was comprised of 1617 people aged 18 or older in 137 municipalities of 50 regions of the Russian Federation. The survey was conducted as a personal interview in respondents’ homes. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the total number of participants along with data from previous surveys.

The statistical error of these studies for a sample of 1600 people (with a probability of 0.95) does not exceed:

3.4% for indicators around 50%

2.9% for indicators around 25%/75%

2.0% for indicators around 10%/90%

1.5% for indicators around 5%/95%

The ANO Levada Center is included in the registry of non-commercial organizations acting as foreign agents.


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