A growing share of Republicans want to decrease aid to Ukraine

Taylor OrthDirector of Survey Data Journalism
September 28, 2023, 5:27 PM GMT+0

Some Republicans in Congress — and particularly in the U.S. House of Representatives — have expressed opposition to U.S. military aid to Ukraine. And according to new Economist/YouGov polling, a growing share of Republicans overall agree. In January, 35% of Republicans supported decreasing military aid to Ukraine. In this week’s poll, 60% do, up 10 percentage points just in the last week.

Half of Republicans who want to decrease military aid to Ukraine — and 29% of Republicans overall — want military funding for Ukraine to be stopped entirely. That compares to 43% of Democrats who want to decrease military aid to Ukraine — and 6% of Democrats overall. Americans overall remain more likely to support than to oppose aiding Ukraine, though to a lesser extent than earlier in the war. More than one-third (36%) would decrease military aid to Ukraine. But even more, 47%, would increase military aid (18%) or keep it at the same level (29%).

— Carl Bialik contributed to this article

See the toplines and crosstabs from the Economist/YouGov poll conducted on September 23 - 26, 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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