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Sanctions hurt US more than Russia: poll

While most Americans are focused on economic issues at home, a majority told the survey they were OK with Ukraine’s loss to Moscow.

A poll released on Saturday found that 53% of Americans think sanctions against Moscow hurt the United States more than Russia. Amid soaring gas prices and rising costs of living, voters are losing faith in US President Joe Biden’s leadership, and 43% say they are “OKAY” Ukraine losing its ongoing conflict with Russia.

With inflation at a 40-year high and petrol prices near record highs, the Democracy Institute/ poll found Biden polling negatively across all policy areas, with foreign policy the worst. Some 56% disapprove of his handling of foreign affairs, against 40% approving. On Ukraine in particular, only 38% approve of its management, while 52% disapprove.

The Biden administration has tried to blame Russia and its President, Vladimir Putin, for the rising cost of living at home, with its officials repeatedly referring to “Putin’s price hike.” However, the cost of living rose for months before Russia sent troops to Ukraine, and voters are pointing the finger at Biden for his economic struggles.

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About 50% said they would support Republicans in November’s midterm elections, compared with 42% saying they would vote Democrat. In addition to having more voters “OKAY” that “disagree” with Ukraine losing the conflict with Russia (43%-41%), more Americans think it would be better for Biden to leave office than for Putin to step down, by 53% to 44%.

Biden has sanctioned Russia’s banking and energy sectors, and his administration has sent nearly $4 billion worth of weapons to Ukraine, with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin promising last month to ” move heaven and earth “ to finance the fighting in kyiv. The US president also asked Congress to approve another $33 billion aid package for Ukraine – of which $20 billion would be earmarked for military aid – and signed the loan law on Monday. 2022 lease, allowing Washington to send unlimited amounts of weapons to kyiv. .

In the eyes of the Kremlin, this deluge of weapons as well as the intelligence-sharing agreements between the United States and NATO with Kyiv mean that the West is “Essentially going to war with Russia through a proxy.”

American voters, however, are not as serious as the Biden administration about fueling this war. According to the latest poll, they see Russia as the fourth biggest threat to the United States at 16%, behind North Korea (18%), Iran (20%) and China (40%).

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“The Americans were very pro-sanctions at first, [but] they’re not as sanction-prone as they used to be,” Democracy Institute director Patrick Basham told Express. “Biden made these predictions initially – the ruble would be rubble, we were going to crash the Russian economy, people are going to uprising, Putin will be out, Russians will flee Ukraine… [but] none of those things happened.

This discrepancy between expectations and reality has made people cynical, he claimed, comparing the apparent loss of confidence to public disillusionment with coronavirus policies across the West.

“The problem [now] is that at least half the country in America thinks they’ve been tricked by a lot of Covid stuff, so they’re even more cynical about the government and the media than they were two years ago », he said.


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