What are Canadians thinking about Canada’s response to the Ukrainian invasion?

Bruce Anderson

Bruce Anderson

We recently completed a national survey with a sample of 1,500 Canadian adults from March 22 to 25, 2022.


Most Canadians continue to believe that the federal government is doing a good job or doing as well as can be expected in terms of providing support for Ukraine. Over the last several weeks, these numbers have slipped marginally, however it remains the case that less than 20% of Canadians are critical of the Government of Canada’s effort in all areas explored.

There has been an increase in the number of people who believe that Russia’s effort to take over Ukraine will be stopped, from 43% to 46%. Most Canadians think that Russia’s effort will fail either in the nearer term or over the longer term. Only 23% believe Russia will prevail and pressure from the rest of the world will abate.

Most people (53%) continue to believe that Putin will be gone from office in two years.

One in four people has made a financial contribution in some form, to support Ukraine.


According to Bruce Anderson: “Canadians have been paying a great deal of attention to this conflict and have been solidly on the side of Ukraine. There is widespread support for helping Ukraine through a number of government measures and an understanding that some of what we can accomplish can only be of value if it is coordinated with our allies. This is a rare area of public opinion where there is little partisan division. Only People’s Party supporters seem noticeably different from the norm, more likely to think Russia and Putin will prevail and more critical of government efforts to support Ukraine.“


The survey was conducted with 1,500 Canadian adults from March 22 to 25, 2022. A random sample of panelists were invited to complete the survey from a set of partner panels based on the Lucid exchange platform. These partners are typically double opt-in survey panels, blended to manage out potential skews in the data from a single source.

The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 2.6% 19 times out of 20.

The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment, and region. Totals may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

This survey was paid for by Abacus Data Inc.


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