Americans increasingly doubt Ukraine’s support – poll – RT World News
Fewer American adults sold out to support kyiv against Russia than in early months of conflict, Reuters/Ipsos survey finds
Six months into Russia’s military offensive against Ukraine, nearly three in 10 Americans are unsure whether they will continue to support kyiv in the conflict, according to a new poll.
While 53% of American adults agree that Washington should continue to support Kyiv « until all Russian forces are withdrawn from the territory claimed by Ukraine », 28% are undecided, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday. Doubts about the continued flow of weapons and other aid to Ukraine are particularly widespread among independents, at 37%, while 18% of Americans totally oppose the shipments.
The survey suggests a drop in support for US involvement as the conflict drags on, contributing to soaring inflation on the home front. In fact, 40% of Americans now agree with the statement that « Ukraine’s problems are none of our business, and we must not interfere. » That compares to 31% when the same question was asked in April.
Additionally, 59% of survey respondents, including 69% Republicans, agree with the statement that « Given the current economic crisis, the United States cannot afford to provide financial support to Ukraine. » About half (51%) still support arms supply to Ukraine, up from 73% in April. Only 26% support sending US troops to Ukraine, compared to 39% in April.
US President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced $3 billion in additional military aid to Ukraine, the biggest arms package for kyiv since fighting began in February. The United States has committed more than $15.5 billion in military aid to Ukraine since supporting the overthrow of the elected government in kyiv in 2014. The lion’s share of that aid, $13.5 billion of dollars, has been announced in the last six months.
Americans are also divided on restricting imports of Russian oil and natural gas if it means paying higher prices for their own energy consumption. The survey showed that support limits of 50% on imports from Russia even at the expense of higher prices. Similarly, 49% agree that having a gas supply for their homes and businesses is more important than trying to influence Russia. However, only 21% agree that anti-Russian sanctions are not worth the impact they are having in the United States.
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Inflation is a far bigger concern than the Ukrainian crisis, the poll showed. While 58% of Americans follow the conflict at least « close enough » 75% follow inflation news closely.