Almost Half of Republicans View U.S. Aid to Ukraine as Excessive

Written by Henrik Rothen

Dec.09 - 2023 11:55 AM CET

Almost Half of Republicans View U.S. Aid to Ukraine as Excessive.

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A recent Pew Research Center poll, released on December 8, indicates a significant partisan divide in American opinions regarding aid to Ukraine.

The poll found that 48% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe the US is providing too much aid to Ukraine.

This sentiment contrasts sharply with that of Democrats, of whom only 16% think the US is giving too much aid, while 39% believe it is about right, and 24% feel it is not enough.

Shifting Opinions on Ukraine Aid

The results show a considerable shift in opinion compared to a Gallup survey conducted on November 2, where 62% of Republicans felt the US was doing too much to help Ukraine.

Over time, the partisan gap has widened significantly, with Republicans now 32% more likely than in the early weeks of the invasion to say the US is providing too much aid.

The US's support for Ukraine has become increasingly politicized, both among the electorate and elected officials. The Democratic party generally shows more support for Ukraine and is more likely to vote for aid packages. While leading Republican politicians like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell publicly declare support for Ukraine, Republicans have often blocked or voted against bills containing new funding.

Economic Concerns and Political Issues Affecting Aid

The Republican party's growing reluctance to continue supporting Ukraine often cites economic reasons. However, the failure of the December 6 vote to provide aid was attributed to the mixing of US aid to Ukraine with other political issues, such as domestic border security and US aid for Israel.

This poll highlights the complex dynamics of domestic politics in the US and its impact on foreign policy decisions, particularly in the context of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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