Most Americans continue to support U.S. military aid to Ukraine

Taylor OrthDirector of Survey Data Journalism
August 23, 2023, 3:33 PM GMT+0

New polling by the Economist/YouGov finds that most Americans support the U.S. providing some form of support to Ukraine. More than half want the U.S. to continue providing the same level of military aid to Ukraine (27%) or even increase it (27%). However, 29% are in favor of reducing aid, including 45% of Republicans and 11% of Democrats. There has been no significant change in these figures in the last month.

Who do Americans think will eventually win the war? By 30% to 21%, Americans believe Ukraine rather than Russia will eventually prevail; 14% say they're equally likely to win.

Despite recent criticism of the Ukrainian tactics in their spring offensive, Americans are more likely to think the offensive is going well than poorly: 31% say it is very or somewhat successful, while 19% say it is not very or not at all successful.

Many Americans appear aware of recent economic struggles in Russia. Just 13% in the U.S. describe the current Russian economy as excellent or good, while 55% say it is fair or poor. But even fewer say that Ukraine's economy is excellent or good (7%), while 67% say it is poor or fair. That said, more Americans describe all the countries asked about (including the U.S., the UK, and China) as having poor or fair economies than as having excellent or good ones.

— Kathy Frankovic, Matthew Smith, and Carl Bialik contributed to this article

See the toplines and crosstabs from the Economist/YouGov poll conducted on August 19 - 22, 2023 among 1,500 U.S. adult citizens.

Methodology: Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel using sample matching. A random sample (stratified by gender, age, race, education, geographic region, and voter registration) was selected from the 2019 American Community Survey. The sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, education, 2020 election turnout and presidential vote, baseline party identification, and current voter registration status. Demographic weighting targets come from the 2019 American Community Survey. Baseline party identification is the respondent’s most recent answer given prior to November 1, 2022, and is weighted to the estimated distribution at that time (33% Democratic, 31% Republican). The margin of error for the overall sample is approximately 3%.

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