What Americans think about the Russia-Ukraine war as Congress passes Ukraine aid

David MontgomerySenior data journalist
April 25, 2024, 9:43 PM GMT+0

Americans' support for sending more military aid to Ukraine recently hit its highest level in a year, as Congress debated and then approved an aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan.

Overall 28% of Americans support increasing aid for Ukraine in the most recent Economist/YouGov Poll, while 29% say the U.S. should decrease aid to Ukraine and 26% would keep it at the same level.

Compared to late 2023, support for increasing Ukrainian aid has risen while support for decreasing aid has fallen.

Democrats are three times as likely as Republicans to favor increasing military aid to Ukraine. When the Ukraine aid bill finally passed the House of Representatives last week, less than half the Republican members voted in favor. It passed in the Senate Tuesday, along more bipartisan lines.

Among Americans who identify as Republicans, more endorse decreasing military aid to Ukraine than increasing it. Decreasing aid is even more popular among self-identified MAGA Republicans.

In regard to where most of U.S. aid to Ukraine is spent, Americans are equally likely to believe it is spent in Ukraine as they are to believe it isspent within the United States. A majority of the aid is spent in the U.S. to purchase weapons and other aid that is then sent to Ukraine.

By nearly three to one, Americans see Russia as currently winning in Ukraine. 38% say neither side is winning.

Americans are even more likely to believe that Russia will be the eventual winner. By 11 points, 31% to 20%, however, Democrats believe Ukraine will eventually win.

How Americans think Biden and Trump see the conflict

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are seen as differing greatly when it comes to their opinions about Russia and Ukraine. Most Americans say Biden sees Russia as an enemy or unfriendly to the U.S. — similar to the share of Americans who personally see Russia as an enemy or unfriendly. But Americans are split over whether they think Trump sees Russia as friendly or hostile.

Taylor Orth contributed to this article

See the toplines and crosstabs from the Economist/YouGov poll conducted on April 21 - 23, 2024 among 1,651 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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