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Poll – U.S. Support for Ukraine’s Defense Against Russia Remains Strong

M777 like in Ukraine
U.S. Soldiers assigned to Attack Battery, 2-12th Field Artillery Battalion, Task Force Rock, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducts registration and calibration for the M777 A2 Howitzer weapon system in Syria on Sept. 30, 2021. These exercises enable gun sections to deliver timely and accurate fires in support of TF Rock and their fight to defeat Daesh in designated areas of Syria. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Isaiah Scott). These are similar to the M777 pieces serving in Ukraine.

But Concerns About the Biden Administration’s Strategy are Growing – How stable is American support for Ukraine? Amid a growing chorus of voices calling for Kyiv to compromise with the Kremlin despite its brutal aggression over the past several months, it’s an important question.

We now have a reasonably good answer. Recent polling by TIPP moved beyond the standard questions about U.S. popular support for assisting Ukraine’s defenses to explore how Americans view the Biden administration’s implementation of this assistance.

Not surprisingly given the demonstrated willingness of the Ukrainians to fight fiercely for their homeland, coupled with their insistence that they are the ones to carry out the resistance, support for American assistance remains broad and bi-partisan. Overall, 54% of U.S. citizens polled agree strongly or somewhat that assistance to Ukraine should be open-ended—a remarkable majority for a population that is generally considered to be war-weary and focused on domestic fiscal issues. Only 22% disagree (strongly or somewhat strongly) that support should be unlimited, and even that group did not appear to believe that there should be no support at all.

These results suggest that Ukraine represents something of a policy unicorn in this fractious political climate—one that can bring together a wide range of Americans. As a result, it represents an opportunity for both President Biden and Congress to work together to channel this support towards a favorable outcome to the war.

Poll 1

Americans are more evenly split, though, on the issue of how their taxpayer dollars are being spent to help Ukraine. When asked whether or not they believe the Biden administration has a clear strategy to assist Ukraine, 44% of respondents agreed that it does, while 38% disagreed. Those answers, which are within the poll’s +/-2.8 point margin of error, are natural enough given the mixed messaging on Ukraine from the Administration. President Biden himself has veered from suggesting he might accept a “minor incursion” by Russia to proclaiming that Putin “must not remain in power.” Meanwhile, senior administration officials briefed Congress that the war would be over in three days and the U.S. would be supporting an insurgency. Given that we are now well past the 100 day mark of this 3-day war, it is imperative that President Biden and his team clearly articulate their objectives based on the reality of how this war is unfolding, both to Congress and to the American people.

Poll 3

When the White House recently requested some additional $50 billion in emergency supplemental funding, those who dared request more oversight were condemned by the Left and even some on the Right as Putin apologists. But this unified polling should serve as a wake-up call that while Americans continue to support President Zelensky and the Ukrainian people in their fight against Putin’s Russia, they are also mindful of the bleak economic picture here at home—and at least somewhat distrustful of the Biden administration’s capacity to successfully implement this assistance. It is also apparent that they expect their elected representatives in Congress to play an active role in Ukraine policy—making the issue a critical one both for the looming mid-term elections in November and for the new Congress next year.

Victoria Coates is a Distinguished Fellow in Strategic Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, DC. In the Trump administration, she served as Deputy National Security Advisor for the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy.

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Victoria Coates joined the American Foreign Policy Council as a Distinguished Fellow in Strategic Studies in January 2022. Coates works on regional issues such as energy policy, countering predatory Chinese activity, expanding the historic Abraham Accords between Israel and Muslim-majority nations, and establishing a U.S.-led Middle East strategic alliance. Coates routinely appears on TV and radio outlets such as Fox News, CNN, OANN, Newsmax, The Hugh Hewitt Show, The Erick Erickson Show, and The John Batchelor show. Her writing has appeared in Bloomberg, FoxNews.com, The Jerusalem Post, The New York Post, Newsweek, The National Interest, National Review, The New Criterion, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Examiner, and The Washington Times.

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2 Comments

  1. Error404

    June 21, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    US strategy for ukraine today is the result of american militarization of its foreign policy.

    The militarization of foreign policy can be traced (directly or indirectly) to the days of the sailing of great white fleet, the bloody colonization of the philippines and even the flip-floppiness of the stimson doctrine which inevitably resulted in pearl harbor and the subsequent enactment of the national security act of 1947 following the delirious victory in 1945 that gave birth to the super megapower of today.

    The act of 1947 turned US War Dept into Defense Dept now controlled by deep state that also set up the dreaded CIA and today’s altogether 17 intelligence agencies.

    Whay do all these guys do.

    Overthrow foreign govts, foment wars abroad, run violent insurgencies, traffick weapons(and drugs), set up and drill death squads, draw up hit lists, compel the break up/balkanization of weak nations, and a long list of uncontrolled shenanigans incompatible with civilized international conduct.

    Today, the direct meddling in ukraine could eventually lead to ww3 and a final nuclear confrontation between major powers.

    All because of the militarization of US foreign policy that’s only or truly compatible only with either a fascist or religio-political oriented society.

  2. David Chang

    June 22, 2022 at 5:12 am

    God bless people in the world.

    The income and expenditure of the US federal government, the depreciation of U.S.D., and the consumer price index are the responsibility of people in America.

    But after the fall of Berlin Wall, people in Ukraine and Russia still don’t confess sin and repent to God, they continue to practice socialism, so they make this war and ask people in American to pay for it.

    We can only pray to God and hope people choose the president whom obey Ten Commandments.

    God bless America.

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