The Rating Sociological Group poll shows that 94% of Ukrainians trust the military.

The survey was conducted on the initiative of the Ukrainian Veteran Fund of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine on 5-7 September.

The results:

  • 94% trust the Armed Forces of Ukraine;
  • 94% – veterans of the current war;
  • 93% – veterans of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) of 2014-2021.

Regardless of region and age, most people trust these population categories.

In addition, 49% of respondents said they had relatives and friends who participated in hostilities in Ukraine from 2014 to 2021. 65% have relatives who have fought or are fighting at the front since 24 February 2022. Compared to previous surveys, the number of those whose relatives currently fight at the front is growing.

According to the survey, since the beginning of 2023, the number of those who associate war veterans with young people has been growing: in January, the number was 21%, and in September, it was 26%.

Also, the concept of a war veteran is more often associated with a person with a disability: in January, 29% of respondents had this association, while in September, the figure was 47%.

At the same time, 53% of respondents perceive veterans as middle-aged people. Respondents also see no gender difference in the concept of a veteran – 80% are convinced that both sexes can be veterans.

The survey was conducted among 1,000 respondents from Ukraine aged 18 and older in all regions, except for the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas, as well as areas where there was no Ukrainian mobile coverage at the time of the survey.


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