Nearly one year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, public support for the role the United States is playing in supplying weapons and funds to the eastern European nation has declined among both Democrats and Republicans alike.
Support for US involvement in the war still remains high, with an Associated Press and NORC poll showing that 75 percent of American adults believe that the US should play a major (26 percent) or minor (49 percent) role in the conflict. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) said that the US should not play a role in the conflict.
Democrats were found to be more supportive of US involvement in the war than Republicans, with 84 percent of Dems in favor of the US government playing some role in the conflict, compared the 70 percent of Republicans. This is a decrease within both parties compared to May 2022 results, which found 91 percent of Democrats saying the US should play at least a minor role, along with 74 percent of Republicans.
Republicans and Democrats both believe that economic sanctions should be placed on Russia, but again opinions differ on accepting Ukrainian refugees, supplying Ukraine with weapons, and funding the country directly, with all three categories seeing lower support among GOP supporters.
75 percent of Democrats said they were in favor of putting economic sanctions on Russia, compared to 60 percent of Republicans, a decrease from May 2022 figures that saw 83 percent of Democrats and 65 percent of Republicans in favor.
On accepting Ukrainian refugees, 73 percent of Democrats were in favor, compared to 42 percent of Republicans. This is a decrease in both parties compared to May 2022, which saw 77 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of Republicans in favor.
On sending government funds directly to Ukraine, 59 percent of Democrats said they were in favor, compared to 21 percent of Republicans. This, again, is a decrease in both camps compared to 2022, where 63 percent of Democrats and 28 percent of Republicans were in favor.
In terms of how President Biden is handling the US’s relationship with Russia, 42 percent approve, while 54 percent disapprove. 69 percent of Democrats approve, while 80 percent of Republicans disapprove.
Just 19 percent of the public have a “great deal” of confidence in Biden’s ability to handle the crisis. 37 percent had “some” confidence,” and 43 percent had “hardly any” confidence.
The nationwide poll was conducted January 26-30, 2023 using the AmeriSpeak Panel, the probability-based panel of NORC at the University of Chicago. 1,068 adults were surveyed through online and telephone interviews. The margin of sampling error is 4.2 percentage points.
Reporting from The Post Millennial.