Poll: Majority Of Americans Have Reservations About Ukraine Funding

Sarah Prentice | August 4, 2023
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According to a new SSRS/CNN poll released Friday, a majority of Americans do not support sending any more funding to Ukraine in the war against Russia. 

According to the results, 55% of respondents say the U.S. Congress should not authorize additional funding to support Ukraine versus 45% who say Congress should authorize such funding.

Furthermore, 51% say that the US has already done enough to help Ukraine while 48% say it should do more.

This number has declined, compared to the 62% who felt the U.S. should have been doing more for Ukraine from February of 2022.

When respondents were asked specifically about the kind of aid Ukraine should receive, much more were supportive of helping indirectly rather than sending troops. 

Support for sending U.S. military forces to participate in combat operations was as low as 17%, but providing and sending weapons was at 43%. The support for intelligence gathering was even higher (63%), as well as fairly high support for military training (53%).

Another change among Americans concerns regards the war’s effect on U.S. national security. In the beginning of the war, 72% of Americans expressed being concerned for the effect the war could have on national security, but now the number has dropped to 56%. 

There were also startling differences between party identification and support for providing aid to Ukraine.

Far more Democrats were supportive of providing aid (62%) compared to only 29% of Republicans who were in support of providing aid. 

Respondents were also polled about their approval of the way Biden has handled the situation in Ukraine, which was 45% of respondents overall. 43% of respondents approve of the way he has handled the U.S. relationship with Russia.

Interestingly, that is even higher than Biden’s overall approval rating, which sits at a historic low of 40%. A president has not had an approval rating so low since President Jimmy Carter received an approval rating as low as 30.7% in 1979. 

The poll was conducted by the independent research company SSRS for more than 1,200 respondents throughout the entire month of July.