Support For Ukraine Aid Plummets Amongst Americans

A Reuters/Ipsos poll published on Thursday found that fewer Americans, regardless of political affiliation, now favor supplying weapons to Ukraine.

The study, taken on June 20 and 21, 2023, found that although 65% of respondents in June stated the United States should give weapons to Ukraine, only 41% answered the same this time around.

Sending weaponry to Ukraine is losing popularity with members of all political stripes. The percentage of those who supported the Democrats fell from 81% in June to 52% in October.

In that time, the percentage of voters who supported the Republicans went from 56% to 35%. Independent backing fell from 57% to 44%.

The backing has dwindled since Saturday, when Congress enacted a continuing resolution to finance the government through November 17 without allocating any money for Ukraine. However, many representatives have promised to introduce new legislation shortly to provide additional assistance.

The White House has warned of potential implications for not providing extra money for Ukraine, which President Biden has requested from Congress.

With a more isolationist vision of foreign policy dominating the hard-right sides of the party, this issue has also been vital in the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

A recent poll found that fewer people support sending money to Ukraine than believe in providing weapons. In the study conducted in October, 37% of participants thought that the United States should provide financial help, with 51% of Democrats, 26% of Republicans, and 41% of independents agreeing with this statement.

However, a recent poll revealed that most Americans support providing both forms of help to Ukraine. Chicago Council on Global Affairs poll results showed 61% support for sending economic aid and 63% support for sending guns and military equipment to the country were announced on Wednesday.

While support was high across the board, the survey also revealed a partisan divide, with 76% of Democrats, 47% of Republicans, and 58% of independents in favor of economic aid and 50% of Republicans, 77% of Democrats, and 60% of independents in favor of military aid.

The 1,005 adults nationwide participated in the online Reuters/Ipsos survey. Plus or minus 3.8% percentage points was the credibility interval.