LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation Finds 67% of Global Public Disapprove of Russian Military Invasion of Ukraine

Mar 8, 2022 7:00 AM ET

Survey of more than 2,300 respondents across 90 countries reveals global sentiment around Russian military operations in Ukraine


NEW YORK – LexisNexis Legal & Professional®, a leading global provider of information and analytics, today released global data and public sentiments regarding the Ukrainian invasion. The ongoing feedback is being collected via the LexisNexis Rule of Law Monitor, which continuously surveys the world’s population on issues related to the Rule of Law.

The results demonstrate that 67% of the people polled disapprove of Russian military operations in the Ukraine – a number that increases to 76% outside of Asia.


Key Takeaways

  • Within Russia, less than half (47%) of the people polled approve of the invasion (27% disapprove)
  • Within the Ukraine, 88% of those polled disapprove, with 6% approving
  • Australia has the highest disapproval rating (96%) and the lowest approval rating (0%); Argentina also showed 0% approval towards the conflict
  • India had the highest approval rating (50%) – more than Russia itself
  • China and India had the lowest disapproval ratings after Russia (33% and 34%, respectively)
  • Across the globe, strong gender differences with female respondents (72%) significantly more likely to disapprove than males (62%)


“The LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation strongly condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” said Ian McDougall, President of the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation. “This is a clear violation of international law and the Rule of Law. We hope that by continuing to shed light on the global public condemnation of this war that it will help end the conflict sooner and restore peace and justice in Ukraine.”

“We believe that the Rule of Law is defined by equality under the law, transparency of law, an independent judiciary, and accessible legal remedy – and the stronger each of these components, the stronger the Rule of Law. We’re working to provide free and open data that enables citizens and nations to better understand each element of the Rule of Law and, in this case, world opinion on Russia’s breach of Rule of Law,” said Steve Carroll, VP Customer Insights at LexisNexis Legal & Professional.


Key Charts

Results by Continent

Results by Country

Results by Gender



  • 2,346 respondents were surveyed across 90 countries from March 1 to March 3, 2022
  • Respondents were asked: “What do you think about the Russian military operation in Ukraine?” (strongly approve, approve, no opinion, disapprove, strongly disapprove) and “Why?”
  • Surveys were conducted in English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian & Ukrainian
  • Respondents were prompted for feedback via apps on their phones (via a network of 150,000 apps)


Table 1: Respondent Distribution

Country n Country n Country n
Argentina 25 Ghana 6 Paraguay 2
Australia 25 Greece 3 Peru 10
Austria 20 Guatemala 5 Philippines 30
Bangladesh 14 Honduras 3 Poland 10
Belgium 20 Hong Kong, China 16 Puerto Rico 1
Bolivia 5 Hungary 2 Romania 5
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 India 202 Russian Federation* 251
Bulgaria 2 Ireland 5 San Marino 1
Cambodia 1 Israel 5 Senegal 1
Cameroon 6 Italy 89 Serbia 2
Canada 25 Jamaica 1 Singapore 5
Chile 10 Japan 67 Slovakia 1
China 120 Kenya 15 Slovenia 1
Colombia 15 Latvia 1 South Africa 25
Congo (Brazzaville) 1 Lithuania 1 Spain 25
Costa Rica 4 Madagascar 4 Sri Lanka 3
Côte d’Ivoire 11 Malaysia 10 Sweden 10
Croatia 1 Mali 2 Switzerland 20
Cyprus 1 Malta 1 Taiwan, Republic of China 14
Czech Republic 4 Mexico 25 Thailand 1
Denmark 2 Mongolia 1 Togo 3
Dominican Republic 5 Nepal 2 Trinidad and Tobago 1
Ecuador 5 Netherlands 5 Uganda 1
El Salvador 2 New Zealand 15 UK 195
Ethiopia 2 Nicaragua 1 Ukraine* 250
Finland 5 Niger 2 Uruguay 1
France 101 Nigeria 50 USA 450
Gabon 1 Norway 3 Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic) 15
Georgia 1 Pakistan 52 Vietnam 23
Germany 103 Panama 1 Zambia 1

*Russia & Ukraine purposely oversampled to enable deep dives into reaction within both countries. These countries are excluded from global statistics.


For more information about the LexisNexis Rule of Law Monitor, visit www.rolmonitor.org.


About the LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation

The LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation is the not-for-profit entity established by LexisNexis Legal & Professional to further achieve its mission to advance the rule of law around the world. The foundation plans and executes projects which enhance one or more of the key elements of the rule of law: equal treatment under the law, transparency of the law, access to legal remedy, and independent judiciaries. These projects focus on a range of local, national, regional and multiregional jurisdictions around the world.


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