Do the Russians Want War? Why we can't trust opinion polls and what ‘partisan sociology’ is telling us
Those Russians who are appalled by the war Putin has unleashed on Ukraine are even more appalled by their compatriots who support it. If we were to trust official opinion polls, more than half of the population does. Sociologist Sergei Erofeev explains why such polls are not to be trusted and quotes data supplied by “partisan sociologists”, which inspires careful optimism and shows a few less obvious trends, for instance, that most low-income Russians do not support the war.