Pre-Summit polling results show strong support for NATO and increased defence spending

  • 05 Jul. 2024 -
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  • Last updated: 05 Jul. 2024 13:18

Ahead of the 2024 NATO Summit in Washington, NATO commissioned a public opinion survey across all 32 NATO member countries. The survey asked over 30,000 respondents to share their opinions in several areas, including support for their country’s NATO membership, commitment to collective defence of their country’s Allies and agreement with increased defence spending. Overall, support for NATO remains strong, as does support for increased defence spending.

NATO Audience Research: pre-Summit polling results 2024

A majority of Allied respondents continue to agree that their country should defend an Ally if attacked (63 per cent), and 70 per cent would vote for their country to remain a NATO member in a referendum.

Support for maintaining or increasing defence spending stands at 76 per cent. Support for increased defence spending continues to rise, and is the most frequent spending preference response (41 per cent).

Favourability towards Russia and China remains low, with most Allied respondents holding unfavourable views of Russia (62 per cent) and China (48 per cent).
As in previous pre-summit surveys, questions were included regarding Russia’s war against Ukraine. Around two thirds of Allied respondents consider Russia’s war against Ukraine to have affected the safety and security of their country (63 per cent). There is substantial majority agreement among respondents that their country should continue to provide support to Ukraine (61 per cent).