New Associated Press investigation suggests mounting pressure on White House to act in Ukraine
A growing number of Americans say President Joe Biden should insert the United States into the Ukraine conflict, according to a new poll, which shows a majority of respondents are ready to take the economic hit of sanctions against Russia.
Conducted by the AP alongside the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and released Wednesday, the survey shows support for US involvement in the conflict is growing steadily, with 40% now saying Washington should play a “major role”, compared to only 26% last year. month.
Democrats were by far the most supportive of the intervention, with 48% saying the US should play a major role and 43% calling for a “minor” role. Just 9% of Democrats opposed any involvement, down from 14% in a poll just before Moscow’s attack on Ukraine.
Still, GOP voters overwhelmingly supported some form of U.S. involvement, with just 15% saying they were against any intervention, while 35% suggested a major role.
Significant majorities said they were in favor of providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine (82%), welcoming refugees from the country (67%), as well as “provide arms” to the Kyiv government (64%), although 47% of respondents expressed “extreme” concern about the risk of direct conflict with Russia. However, the poll did not ask about other forms of intervention, including a US-backed no-fly zone – an idea repeatedly proposed by Ukraine itself – or deployment of troops.
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The survey indicated broad support for retaliatory sanctions against Moscow, with 68% approval “sanctions in general” and an even larger number (70%) supporting a complete ban on Russian oil imports. A majority (55%) say they are in favor of penalties even if they impose “shame” to the American economy, although a large majority of 42% argued that “limit” such blowback should be a priority.
While the White House has imposed a series of drastic measures to “isolate” the Russian economy and approved hundreds of millions of arms shipments to Ukraine in recent weeks, it has sought to avoid becoming a direct party to the conflict. US officials have repeatedly explained that a no-fly zone is likely to trigger World War III and have been reluctant to openly support major arms transfers to kyiv, such as fighter jets and anti-war missiles. airborne, instead providing shoulder-fired missiles, ammunition and other forms of “deadly” aid.
Moscow attacked the neighboring state in late February, after a seven-year standoff over Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics in Donetsk and Lugansk. The Minsk Protocol, negotiated by Germany and France, was designed to regularize the status of regions within the Ukrainian state.
Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied claims it planned to retake the two republics by force.
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