Americans increasingly doubt Ukraine support – poll — Analysis
A Reuters/Ipsos poll has found that less Americans are willing to support Kiev against Russia now than they were in the earlier months.
Six months on from the start of Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine, nearly three in ten Americans are unsure about continuing to support Kiev in the conflict, a new poll has shown.
53% of Americans believe that Washington must continue supporting Kiev, while 53% agree. “until all Russian forces are withdrawn from territory claimed by Ukraine,”A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday revealed that 28% of respondents are still undecided. Independents are particularly concerned about the possibility of weapons and aid being continued to Ukraine, with 37% of them expressing doubts. Americans, however, oppose these shipments entirely.
According to the survey, 40% of Americans now support US participation in the ongoing conflict. This is contributing to rising inflation at home. In actuality, the survey shows that 40% of Americans are now in agreement with the statement. “the problems of Ukraine are none of our business, and we should not interfere.”Comparatively, 31% were asked the same question in April.
Additionally, 59% (including 69% Republicans) agree with that statement. “given the current economic crisis, the US cannot afford to lend financial support to Ukraine.”Nearly half (51%) still support weapons for Ukraine. This is down from 73% in April. Only 26% of respondents support the sending of US troops to Ukraine. This is down from 39% in April.
The US president Joe Biden on Wednesday announced an additional $3 billion in military aid for Ukraine. It was the largest amount of weaponry ever earmarked to Kiev since the February fighting. The US has committed more than $15.5 billion in military assistance to Ukraine since backing the overthrow of Kiev’s elected government in 2014. The lion’s share of that aid, $13.5 billion, has been announced over the past six months.
Americans don’t agree with Russian imports. However, Americans will pay higher prices to get their energy supplies. According to the survey, 50% of Americans support restrictions on Russia’s imports, even though it would mean higher prices. Similarly, 49% agree that it’s more important to have gas supplies for their homes and businesses than to try to influence Russia. However, only 21% agree that anti-Russia sanctions aren’t worth the impact they’re having in the US.
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The poll revealed that inflation is more important than the Ukraine crisis. 58% Americans have at least some interest in the conflict, while 58% are not. “somewhat closely,”75% closely monitor news about inflation.