UK’s wealthier households are more likely to support current sanctions than lower income households
Support for imposing more sanctions against Russia is falling in the UK amid rising costs of living, a YouGov poll published on Tuesday was revealed.
The survey, carried out June 28-29 of 1,664 respondents, found that 44 per cent of Britons oppose further increase in sanctions if it increases the overall cost of living, in while 40% still support increasing pressure on Moscow. By comparison, in mid-March, three weeks after the launch of Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine, a majority of Britons – 54% – favored more sanctions, even if it meant is their cost of living rising, with only 32% protesting. it.
The trend is similar when it comes to three other potential consequences of sanctions: higher taxes, rising energy prices and the potential for oil and gas shortages. The most striking change in public opinion can be seen when respondents are asked about “A significant increase in energy prices.” In March, the possibility of such a scenario did not stop 48% of respondents in favor of further sanctions, with 38% opposed. In June, 53% said they opposed further sanctions if it led to an increase in energy prices, with only 32% still in favor of harsher restrictions.
Amid such a shift in public opinion, YouGov conducted an additional survey between July 1 and 4, with similar questions but referring to existing sanctions. . In any case, the majority favors keeping the restrictions in place.
Britons are most divided on fuel bills, with 45% saying they would support current sanctions against Russia even in the face of ‘rising energy prices’, but with 41% not agree,“YouGov noted.
YouGov also emphasizes that people’s financial situation affects their views. Those with the lowest household incomes – under £20,000 a year – were less likely to support keeping current sanctions in place, while those in the highest-income households – over £60,000 a year – tend to favor them.
After Russia launched a military offensive in Ukraine, the US and its allies, including Britain, imposed harsh sanctions on Moscow, including restrictions on its energy exports. this country. As a result, countries that rely heavily on Russian supplies are currently facing economic hardship and the prospect of having to split energy. Britain, although not directly dependent on Russia, is also suffering from rising energy bills and the cost of living amid soaring wholesale natural gas prices. Russian President Vladimir Putin has previously accused EU leaders of economic crimes”Suicide“By trying to give up Russian energy.
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