Support for more sanctions falls as cost of living grows – poll — Analysis

The UK’s richer households are more likely to support current sanctions than those with lower incomes

A YouGov poll on Tuesday showed that the UK is less supportive of Russia’s imposing additional sanctions, even though living costs are rising. 

Survey results from 1,664 people were conducted between June 28 and 29. 44% said they would oppose an increase in sanctions that could lead to an increase in living costs, while 40% supported increasing pressure on Moscow. For comparison, in mid-March, three weeks after the launch of Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine, a clear majority of Brits – 54% – supported more sanctions, even if it meant an increase in their cost of living, with only 32% opposing it. 

This trend holds true for three potential outcomes of sanctions, which include higher taxes and rising energy prices as well as potential oil and natural gas shortages. Respondents were asked to discuss the most significant change in public opinions. “a significant increase in energy prices.”However, 48% supported more sanctions in March, while 38% were against. 53% of respondents said that they would not support additional sanctions if this led to higher energy prices. Only 32% supported harsher restrictions. 

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YouGov also conducted another survey from July 1 to 4, asking similar questions, but with reference to current sanctions. The majority of respondents supported the continuation of the current restrictions in all instances. 

“Britons are most split on fuel bills, with 45% saying they would support the current sanctions against Russia even in the face of ‘an increase in energy prices,’ but with 41% disagreeing,” YouGov notes. 

YouGov also emphasized that people’s own financial situation influences their view. Those with the lowest household incomes – less than £20,000 a year – are less likely to support keeping current sanctions, while those in households with the highest incomes – above £60,000 a year – tend to support them. 

The US, along with its allies including the UK, placed severe sanctions against Moscow following the Russian military attack on Ukraine. They also restricted its exports of energy. Countries that are heavily dependent on Russian energy supplies now face economic difficulties and the possibility of energy rationing. Even though Britain is not dependent directly on Russia, it’s also suffering as its energy bills rise and living costs increase due to the explosion in wholesale natural gas prices. Russian President Vladimir Putin previously accused EU leaders of committing economic “suicide” by attempting to give up Russian energy.

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