Biden's war in Ukraine faces growing dissent from Americans wary of mounting costs

The US has sent roughly $60 billion dollars to the country since the start of the conflict.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

A growing number of Americans are questioning the amount of money being sent to Ukraine to fight against the Russian invasion, as Americans back home face sky-high inflation.

A new poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group for the Convention of States Action has revealed that while a majority of Americans support sending both money and weapons to the Eastern European country, a growing number are questioning sending billions of dollars overseas.

The poll, conducted between October 8 and 11 of over 1,000 likely general election voters revealed that 40.3 percent of Americans support the continued sending both weapons and money to Ukraine.

30.5 percent of voters though said that the US should continue sending weapons but cease sending money to the country.

An additional 24.9 percent said that the US should send nothing to the country, while just 4.3 percent said that the US should send money but no weapons.

The US has sent roughly $60 billion dollars to the country since the start of the conflict.

Split by political party, Democrats overwhelmingly supported sending Ukraine weapons and money, at 64.7 percent.

Republicans were nearly split between sending weapons but no money, at 39.6 percent, and sending nothing at all, at 36.1 percent.

Independents slightly preferred sending both money and weapons to Ukraine, at 35 percent. 32.7 percent in independents said that just weapons should be sent, while 28.8 percent said that nothing should be sent.

Additionally, the poll found that a majority of Americans believe that other NATO allies are not "doing their fair share" in supporting Ukraine’s fight against Russia.

51.4 percent of Americans said no, while 16.5 percent said yes. An additional 32.1 percent said that they were not sure.

By political party, a majority of Democrats said that they weren’t sure whether other NATO allies were doing their fair share, at 43.6 percent. A vast majority of Republicans, 68.5 percent, said that NATO allies aren’t pulling their weight, while 53.9 percent of independents agreed with the Republicans.

As billions of dollars in aid continue to be sent to Ukraine, September saw yet another increase in US inflation, rising 0.4 percent from the month prior. Over the last 12 months, inflation has risen 8.2 percent, with the biggest increases being seen in fuel oil, natural gas, and gasoline, along with food.

"Americans want to continue to help Ukraine defeat Putin, but when you look at the numbers, less than half of voters think that US assistance should include sending more money to Ukraine," said Mark Meckler, President of the Convention of States. "Voters believe the U.S. is shouldering the burden of supporting Ukraine and seem to be questioning why we are sending billions overseas while our own economy slides deeper into recession.

"Our nation would benefit from hearing President Biden provide a clearly defined mission and role in the U.S. support to Ukraine, and reassurances that this will not just become a never-ending conflict that drains American resources and skyrockets our nation’s debt."


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