Public support for Ukraine aid faltering according to new poll

by mcardinal

Chris Lange, FISM News


Public support for continued U.S. aid to Ukraine among Americans is waning, according to a new AP/NORC poll. 

As the war nears its one-year mark on Feb. 24, fewer than half of American adults (48%) surveyed said that they support the U.S. providing weapons to Ukraine, representing a sharp decline from May 2022, when 60% said they supported weapons deliveries.

Americans are more equally divided on the subject of overall U.S. spending on Ukraine. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said that they oppose taxpayer-funded dollars going to Ukraine, followed closely by 37% who said that they support it. Twenty-three percent said that they neither support nor oppose government funds supporting Ukraine. 

While the majority of Republicans in Congress support some form of U.S. aid for Ukraine, many have expressed serious concerns in recent months about where the money is going and how it is being spent, particularly in light of the fact that Kyiv’s government is embroiled in a high-level corruption scandal. There are some, however, that want American aid for Ukraine to stop altogether.

Fox News reported that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) will introduce a resolution in the House on Thursday calling for the Biden administration to “end its military and financial aid to Ukraine” and instead focus on securing a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The proposed legislation, titled the “Ukraine Fatigue Resolution” notes that the U.S. has been the top contributor to the Ukrainian war effort, spending more than $110 billion in financial, military, and humanitarian aid. The figure includes more than $27.4 billion in security assistance. The resolution has 10 GOP co-sponsors.