Americans are losing interest in supporting Ukraine’s effort to fight off Russia as the war continues to drag on with no signs that Moscow can be stopped.
A recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that support is at 48 percent, which is a 12 percent drop from the 60 percent who approved the assistance last May. The Financial Times, citing an NBC News poll, reported that about two-thirds of Democrats support the war compared to just one-third of Republicans.
The report noted that there are emerging fissures within the Republican Party as the 2024 presidential field begins to take shape.
Former President Donald Trump has said Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded if he was still in office, and expressed disagreement with U.S. support for Kyiv. Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, walked back his comment that Ukraine was a “territorial dispute” and called Putin a “war criminal.”
The Reagan Library wing of the Republican field, like former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been vocal supporters of the war. Pompeo even visited Kyiv.
An Economist/YouGov poll found that 53 percent of Americans see Russia as an enemy, including 61 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of Republicans.
The FT noted that the Biden administration will likely ask Congress for a significant new investment to support Ukraine after the $45 billion that was approved in 2022 runs out.
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported on how support for the Ukraine War has been wavering for months. (See: “U.S. POLLS SHOW DWINDLING BACKING FOR UKRAINE SUPPORT” 7 Mar 2023 and “WHAT CELENTE HAS SAID IS NOW PROOF: POLL SHOWS MOST AMERICANS CAN’T FIND UKRAINE OR TAIWAN ON A MAP” 16 Aug 2022.)