A war broke out in Ukraine, followed by daily images of ruins, injured and refugees following the shock caused by the sudden invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops. According to our research, the conflict is now part of our lives, and 88% of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 have access to information about the war.20 minutes – Opinion Way *. “This is a very important number if we know that this age group is generally the least informative age group,” said Guillaume Inigo, Principal Investigator at Opinion Way.
Forget the image of a young man who never leaves social networks. Social networks are just 46% of the information channels behind the information sites that 59% of people aged 18-30 consulted. “Young people are increasing sources of information about this confit, with an average of two to three different channels mentioned,” emphasizes Guillaume Inigo. Other channels are news (38% aged 18-30), ongoing news channels (31%), or news outlets cited by 21% of young people, equivalent to discussions with those around them.
Purchasing power at the heart of concern
It must be said that this war at the gates of the European Union is horrifying. “Like all French”, appoint a director of research, young people are worried. 76% of 18-30 years old * are worried about 84% of the results in Europe and 77% of the results in purchasing power as a result of the conflict in France. Thirty-five percent of the latter say they are “extremely worried” about purchasing power. “This is a very strong number,” analyzes Guillaume Inigo. Our research shows that this is currently the most important subject for young people for all French, given the voting in presidential elections, which is far more advanced than conflict management. Eighty-three percent of young people are even afraid of the global economic crisis. Women are even more pessimistic as the number of women rises to 90%.
And if they are worried about their daily lives, they are also worried about Europe and the world. 67% of 18-30 years old think that the conflict could spread to other European countries, 40% think it could lead to World War III, 37% think of nuclear power plants Fearing disasters related to the accident, 30% of its use of nuclear weapons by Russia. “All this shows a very anxious state of mind,” says Guillaume Inigo.This can be partially explained by a paradigm shift from the previous conflict in Europe in the 1990s. [la guerre de Bosnie en 1992-1995 et la guerre du Kosovo en 1998-1999].. The West then intervened to protect the population and impose democratic values on the former Soviet Union. This time it is a country that is being attacked because it wants to get closer to Westerners. We are defensive because it is our values that are being attacked. »63% of young people say they have a greater sense of belonging to Europe. This is well above the 52% who felt that French patriots were feeling stronger.
Ukraine in favor of EU accession
Faced with these threats, 49% of young people believe that France should increase its defense budget and 30% should re-force military service. On the other hand, 64% are hostile to France, entrusting NATO’s integrated command, and 57% sending troops to Ukraine against France. However, it should be noted that many 18-30 year olds do not have a clear opinion on these questions and say “I don’t know” (military service 16%, defense budget 21%, NATO). , 23% for sending troops to Ukraine). They are also very divided on the idea of integrating Ukraine into NATO, with 47% in favor and 51% against.
On the other hand, 56% of 18-30 years old are in favor of Ukraine’s accession to the European Union. “It shows some solidarity with the Ukrainians, but if they recall that EU legislation also includes a” common defense clause “, the answer would probably have been different. When it comes to knowing if Europe will be better out of this conflict, 49% of young people think “yes” and 49% think “no”. “Young people are traditionally more European than older people, but they are still distrustful of the European system, and it must be remembered that this is all very contextual. Guillaume Inigo argues. Like all French people for this war, youth sentiment will clearly evolve according to current events. »»
* Study #MoiJeune “20 Minutes” – OpinionWay, conducted online from March 17th and 18th, 498 iSome people are 18 to 30 years old (quarter method)...