There is an assumption that Russian public opinion can be measured meaningfully. But can it? (Photo: Arnaud Jaegers)

How much can we trust Russian opinion polls on the war?

The lack of Russian opposition to the Russo-Ukrainian War is puzzling. The war is obviously going nowhere, Russian casualties are staggering, the economy is in trouble, and living standards are declining, and yet polls indicate that most Russians support the war and its architect, Vladimir Putin.

Thus, 70-80 percent of Russians consistently say 'yes' in response to the...


The views expressed in this opinion piece are the author’s, not those of EUobserver

Author Bio

Jaroslaw Martyniuk is a retired researcher with 25 years of experience in managing surveys for Radio Liberty and InterMedia. He is the author of Monte Rosa: Memoir of an Accidental Spy.

Alexander Motyl is professor of political science at Rutgers University-Newark and the author of The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919-1929 and Ukraine vs Russia: Revolution, Democracy, and War.