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Bucharest University Survey: Two thirds of Romanians worry about Ukraine war spreading to Romania

January 5, 2023

About two thirds of Romanians declare they are very worried and worried about the possibility of the extension in Romania of the Ukraine war. According to a survey made by Bucharest University over September 14- October 5, 29.9% of the people interviewed said they were very worried about the possibility of the extension of Russia's war against Ukraine in Romania, while 35.5 % are rather worried.   19.9% of people interviewed said they were neither worried nor at peace, 7.5% were a little worried and 6.3% were not worried at all. The share of non-answers was 0.9% of total.   According to the survey, the following categories of people tend to be more worried about the matter: women, people over 60, pensioners, jobless people, people from the urban area (except Bucharest), from the west and south-east of the country. Young people, people with high incomes and those who live in Bucharest are less worried than the rest of the population.   On the other hand, 59% of respondents are worried about the economic situation of their own families.Thus, 20.4% of Romanians say they are very worried about the economic situation of their families, 38.3% are rather worried, 25.3% are neither worried, nor at peace, 10.3% are a little worried, while 5.3% are not worried at all. 0.4% of the sample did not lnow or would not answer the question.   The study points out the fact that elderly people, those with a lower education level, pensioners, jobless people or those with low incomes, people living in the urban area declare they are very or rather worried about their families' economic situation, more than the rest of the population. Young people under 30, single people, college graduated, people with high incomes, people living in Bucharest declare they are very little or not at all worried about the economic situation of their families.   At the same time, the study shows that 33% of respondents are worried about the Covid 19 health danger: 11.1% are worried, 22.5% are rather worried, 27.9% are neither worried nor at peace, 15.8% are a little worried, while 21.9% are not worried at all. 0.7% did not know or did not answer the question.   Over a third of respondents to the study (38%) consider that their locality is prepared for emergency and crisis situations,while 25% do not agree or disagree, while 32.9% are partially or totally against.   About 45% of participants in the survey consider that the Romanian Army has the capacity to defend the country, 25.3% do not agree or disagree, while 27% are partly or totally against. A third (34%) of people interviewed think that in case of emergency or national crisis, the media (TV, radio stations, newspapers, the Internet) will do their duty, 28.5% are neutral, while 33.7% disagree partly or totally. The share of non-answers is 3.1% of the whole sample.   Over a half of people interviewed (52.6%) do not think that in case of national crisis political parties would do their duty as they should, while 21.8% of respondents declared they agree, partly or totally with the affirmation “in case of national crisis I think political parties would do their duty as they should.”   One out of three Romanians (32%) consider that in case of national crisis the leaders of the country would make the right decisions, having the capacity to lead, while 29.4% are neutral and 36.4% express their partial or total disagreement.   About 40% of Romanian say that when they are in trouble or have problems, their family always or often count on the help of the religious community, 22.4% do it sometimes or rarely, while 37.5% never do it.   Over a quarter of people interviewed (28%) think that in case of war,earthquake or other calamities their families have the capacity to host refugees or victims, 24.3% are neutral, and 44.4% express their partial or total disagreement.   One out of four respondents (25%) says that in the last 6 months they had sent food or consumer goods in another locality, while 74.1% say the opposite.   Most people consider that relations between Romanians and ethnic/national minorities are good, only about 15% have opposite opinions.   Data were collected between September 14 and October 5 using face to face interviews. The sample included 1,500 people of significant socio-demographic categories (sex,age, occupation) for Romania's residential population aged over 18. The highest data error admitted is plus/minus 2.6% for a confidence degree of 95%.

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