Americans’ support for US aid to Ukraine declines

According to the survey, 48 percent of Americans now believe the US should support Ukraine for "as long as it takes," down from 58 percent in July.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Monday, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs released the results of their latest poll regarding Americans' perceptions of the war in Ukraine, showing that support for an infinite stream of aid from Washington to Kiev is declining.

While a majority of respondents expressed support for the war-torn nation, the proportion who agreed that aid should be provided for "as long as it takes" slid below 50 percent.

According to the survey, which was conducted between November 18 and 20 of 1,030 and has a margin of error of 3.1 points, 48 percent of Americans now believe the US should support Ukraine for "as long as it takes," down from 58 percent in July.

Democrats expressed support for never-ending aid at twice the rate of Republicans, at 61 and 33 percent, respectively, even if it meant American households would be hit with higher gas and food prices.

When asked whether the US should urge Ukraine to "settle for peace as soon as possible" so as to avoid increased costs for American households, 47 percent said yes, up from 38 percent in July.

This question also resulted in a split between Democrats and Republicans, with the latter nearly twice as likely to support putting Americans' needs first.

In late November, the Biden administration approved the latest round of economic support to Ukraine to the tune of $400 million. The survey showed that Americans are divided when it comes to the steps the US takes going forward.

A bipartisan majority said that the US should increase economic and diplomatic sanctions on Russia, send arms and military supplies to Ukraine, and accept refugees impacted by the conflict. The idea that the US should send troops was also shot down by respondents of all political stripes.

There was disagreement, however, when it came to providing economic assistance, with 81 percent of Democrats expressing support to just 50 percent of Republicans.

Many prominent Republicans have expressed concern regarding where the $19.3 billion in US aid has gone. In November, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene demanded an audit of all funding to suss out exactly who had received what and under what circumstances.

On Monday, a video of a Ukrainian soldier dancing was posted to Twitter by the nation's Ministry of Defence, fuelling questions from users.


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