Politics is war without bloodshed, while war is politics with bloodshed.” Mao was not trying to define politics here. But instead, he was attempting to describe the connections between politics and war.

Five months ago, Russia initiated the most devastating war since World War II, with the primary purpose of overrunning Ukraine and deposing its government. Since then, thousands of people have died and suffered, and millions have had to flee their homes. However, the issues at hand are much broader and more complicated than that. This is what led Real Research, an online survey app, to launch a survey on five months into Russia-Ukraine war. Here are the results.


  • 77.53% are keeping up with the latest news about the Russia-Ukraine war
  • 56.04% anticipate the Russia-Ukraine war to continue
  • 66.55% believe Ukraine should not cede its territory

The Impacts of the Russia-Ukraine War

What Russian President Vladimir Putin hoped would be a swift triumph has turned into almost a half-year battle as Ukrainian soldiers repel overwhelming Russian artillery strikes. Five months have passed, and the combat has not stopped. Every day, several headlines feature live updates on the Russia-Ukraine war. Accordingly, the survey on five months into Russia-Ukraine war begins by asking respondents whether they are keeping up with the news on the war. In response, up to 77.53% are keeping up with the current events since February of this year. That is, only 22.47% are not.

Figure 1: Respondents’ opinions on how much they felt the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has also resulted in an unprecedented wave of other pressing global issues, including world security, economy, and energy. In light of these events, the survey asks to what extent the respondents felt the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war. A majority of 43.81% experienced it at its greatest, with a further 20.44% at its great extent. While some (11.89%) reported feeling moderate, others (15.36%) felt none.

As far as the survey is concerned, findings reveal that the worst social and political impact of the Russia-Ukraine war is the Russian control over Luhansk, according to 43.28% of respondents. Similarly, 41.89% believe the spike in inflation is the worst economic impact of the Russia-Ukraine war. Meanwhile, others think it ramified recession (14.48%), soaring oil prices (10.58%), and increased the cost of raw materials, among others.

Also Read: Over 86% Feel Russia-Ukraine Economic Damage Will Escalate

The War Could Last Longer

Nonetheless, the Russia-Ukraine war resulted in Russia’s isolation from the Western economic and political system. Financial, economic, and travel restrictions were imposed by Western nations on Russia, severely damaging its economy. Here, survey results show that 37.51% deemed these anti-Russian sanctions highly effective, with only 10.92% considered them ineffective.

Moreover, throughout the war, the US and other Western countries have assisted Ukraine with arms, military aid, and financial assistance. In the same way, 38.06% felt that the military help from the Western countries was highly beneficial, whereas 9.91% deemed it ineffective.

Figure 2: Respondents’ opinion if they think the Russia-Ukraine war could be prolonged

According to President Vladimir Putin, Russia has been at war in Ukraine for five months but has “not begun anything in earnest.” The survey then asks if the respondents believe the war could last longer, to which 56.04% anticipate it to continue, and some (18.58%) do not.

Ukraine: To Cede or Not to Cede

The toll in Ukraine is already enormous, as are the extraordinary sanctions imposed on Russia. In this case, the poll asks respondents which country they feel is in a more disadvantageous condition. Of the two, 48.72% believe it is Russia, contrary to the 27.4% who believe it is Ukraine.

Figure 3: Respondents’ opinion on whether Ukraine should cede its land

Ukraine has unequivocally stated that it will fight to reclaim control of the fallen regions. It also opposes giving up their land and that doing otherwise would tolerate territorial encroachment.

In the same manner, survey results reveal that 66.55% want the same as Ukraine about not ceding its territory no matter how long the war lasts. By contrast, 32% say that Ukraine must give up its land to stop the war with Russia.

Finally, the survey findings show that 47.23% of respondents expect Russia will win the war, while only 27.4% believe Ukraine will.


Survey TitleSurvey on Five Months Into Russia-Ukraine War
DurationJuly 29 – August 05, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.