Concerns about a wider war in Europe are higher than concerns about climate change.
Situated within a broader array of concerns, escalation of the conflict with Russia runs equally with the top concern facing Canadians today – inflation. Climate change – a longstanding concern for Canadians – generates significantly lower concern with nearly 1 in 5 unconcerned. The unvaccinated (also a longstanding concern, albeit more recent) is seen as relatively minor.
Despite these concerns, Canadians are curiously bellicose about intervening.
Remarkably, a solid majority of Canadians support Canadian intervention in the conflict – something that would signal a significant escalation in the conflict.
Were this conflict to escalate to a broader theatre of war, support for intervention could wane given the broad level of concern. Would escalating concerns about a broader conflict temper Canadians’ support for military involvement were things to worsen? There is a small but not insignificant level of opposition at this time.