The EU and Dutch government’s response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine has bolstered public support in both institutions, according to research by I&O for broadcaster NOS.
Some 70% back the government’s approach to dealing with the war while satisfaction in the way the EU functions has risen from 37% two years ago to 49%, the research shows.
The survey involved a representative sample of over 2,000 people.
Confidence in the government has also gone up slightly, from 38% to 43%, although a majority – 53% – still say they have little or no faith in the coalition.
The survey also looked at attitudes to helping Ukrainian refugees, with 78% saying they should be warmly welcomed. This is a stark contrast to I&O research at the end of 2020 in which only 30% said the Netherlands should take in more refugees from the Greek camps.
Two-thirds of those polled said they supported cutting gas supplies from Russia, even if that led to higher prices and 55% said increasing the supply of gas from under the province of Groningen would be acceptable. Four in 10 people living in Groningen said the same.
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