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Poll: Indians Support Taking in Ukrainian Refugees, Want Ties With Russia To Continue

Poll: Indians Support Taking in Ukrainian Refugees, Want Ties With Russia To Continue

NEW DELHI, (IANS) – A survey conducted by Ipsos to capture the response to the war in Ukraine found seven in 10 urban Indians support taking in Ukrainian refugees. Eight in 10 want India to avoid getting militarily involved. Six in 10 want India to continue diplomatic ties with Russia.

Ipsos Public Affairs is a non-partisan survey-based research group. The global survey was aimed at capturing the world’s response to the war in Ukraine.

There is a high level of interest in keeping abreast of the news with seven in 10 urban Indians polled saying they have been following the stories emerging on the conflict.

72 percent of urban Indians polled support taking in refugees, while 79 percent reject India’s military involvement/ intervention in the conflict. Notably, 62 percent of urban Indians polled support India continuing its diplomatic ties with Russia.

Interestingly, urban Indians believe the ongoing conflict impacts the world the most (82 percent), it impacts India to a lesser extent (72 percent), it impacts their job/ business (61 percent), is affecting them personally (56 percent), and their family (52 percent) to some extent.

Interestingly, Indian views are in alignment with the global view of giving sanctuary to Ukrainian refugees but desisting from military action. Most respondents, global citizens (61 percent) and urban Indians (74 percent) reject providing financial aid to Ukraine, given the tough economic situation faced by most.

Where they differ is in Russia ties. Though 62 percent of urban Indians want diplomatic ties with Russia to continue, globally only 38 percent support it.

Indians support sanctions to end the war, and reject direct punitive action by India against Russia.

Seven in 10 Indians believe doing nothing in Ukraine will embolden Russia to take the war to the rest of Europe and Asia. Military action though will only worsen the scenario believe 77 percent of the urban Indians polled.

However, very few Indians support economic sanctions by India on Russia (only 4 in 10), banning of oil & gas imports from Russia (4 in 10), giving weapons to Ukraine (only 38 percent agree), funding to Ukrainian military (only 4 in 10 support) and less support for sending troops to NATO or Ukraine, among Indians (about 39 percent).

These are the findings of a 27-country Ipsos survey conducted March 25 – April 3 among 19,000 adults aged 18-74.

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