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Majority of Italians are against sending arms to Ukraine

Rome, Feb 24 (Prensa Latina) 45 percent of Italians oppose sending arms to Ukraine, while approval reaches only 34 percent, a survey indicates.

The poll was carried out by the IPSOS company, between February 21st and 23rd and published this Friday in the Corriere della Sera newspaper. The statistics also indicates that 79 percent of respondents are concerned about the duration of the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

The study also shows that 49 % fear economic repercussions, compared to only 14 % who emphasize the humanitarian consequences. 30 % percent of respondents believe that the conflict will continue for at least another year, while a similar number considered that it will probably last much longer; the amount of those who predict the possibility that “it could degenerate into a world conflict” is growing, said Nando Pagnoncelli, director of IPSOS.

Pagnoncelli commenting on these results said that prime minister Giorgia Meloni is “challenging her voters and it will be interesting to see if she pays a price.”

Significantly, the rejection to supplying war material is broader among militants of the ultra-right parties Brothers of Italy (FdI) and La Liga, who is part of the government coalition, together with Forza Italia (FI).

Those who oppose the shipment of arms reach 47% among the members of FdI, and 51% in the case of La Liga.

Also very important is the opposition to such policy by the 5 Star Movement, where the number of those opposed to such military aid reaches 54.0 percent.

The opposition to this policy on the part of the 5 Star Movement is also very important, where the number of opposers, in sending military assistance, reaches 54%.

“Sympathies towards Ukraine are in sharp decline in favor of a more equidistant attitude or in any case not in favor of one or the other contender,” says the source.


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