… from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Fancy opinion polls should not be taken too seriously but those of the Pew Research Centre have, or perhaps only had, a relatively good reputation.
Opinion polls can be manipulated, suppressed or ignored. For example, many polls showed that the US involvement in the war against North Vietnamese invaders was supported by the majority of Americans right until the end in April 1974. These were ignored. The media were full of images of screeching teenagers. Spineless politicians took notice of the medial misreporting, which, quite likely, suited their cuckservative mentality anyway. Some, like Kissinger, had more sinister agenda.
Thus, take the following with a large grain of salt – In June 2015 the Pew Research Centre asked for response to this statement: “If Russia is in conflict with a neighbouring NATO ally, our country should not use military force to defend the ally.”
Almost 60% of Germans, over 50% of Frenchmen, about 50% of Italians, about 35% of Brits and Americans and 30% of Poles agreed. Putin must had been pleased with this result, knowing that if politicians of those countries were asked and their anonymity assured, the positive response would be around 90%.
Pacifism, whether puerile or “sophisticated” (in the sense of sophistry) encourages the aggressor by exposing the prevailing cowardice of the target population. One wonders how would the NATO “citizens” respond to:
If Russia is in conflict with my country, our country should not use military force to defend itself.
If Russia is in conflict with my country, it would be America’s fault.
There are no prizes for guessing what the response would be if the Brits, or more precisely the occupants of British islands were asked about an attack on Britain by, say, Syria or Iran.