Allied perceptions on security, defence and NATO in 2021

  • 31 Mar. 2022 -
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  • Last updated: 04 Mar. 2024 12:43

In 2021 NATO continued to monitor Allied citizens' perceptions on defence and security, charting support for key metrics including collective defence, the transatlantic bond and NATO membership. Each wave of Alliance-wide survey data is published in the Secretary General's Annual Report. This extended report includes trend data on familiarity with NATO, support for defence spending, and perceptions on climate change and security.

Please note the fieldwork period for this study was 12 November – 2 December 2021: prior to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

  • About the study

    Coverage: 30 NATO Allies: general population over 18 years of age.

    Sample size: In all countries polled online a sample of at least 1,000 respondents per country was achieved. In face-to-face countries at least 500 individuals per country were interviewed. 28,909 interviews were conducted in total.

    Methodology: Online interviews, quotas applied on gender, age and region. In Montenegro, Albania and North Macedonia, interviews were conducted via telephone.
    All data has been weighted according to the latest population statistics.
    Results for the NATO total take into account population size of each country.

    Fieldwork period: 12 November –2 December 2021.

    Margin of error: The survey uses non-probability sampling. The indicative margin of error of +/- 3%.

    Trend data: 
    2020 data is based on interviews conducted by Kantar among 28,517 adults in the 30 NATO member countries between 5 and 23 November 2020. 2019 data charted is based on surveys of 28,752 adults conducted in November 2019 by Populus in 29 NATO member countries and North Macedonia.