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AP Poll: American public support for aiding Ukraine declines

Feb 16, 2023

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American public support for aiding Ukraine is softening as the one-year mark of Russia’s latest invasion of Ukraine approaches, according to a new AP-NORC poll. Only 37% of Americans are in favor of sending government funds directly to Kyiv, while 38% are against it.

The poll also shows that 48% of Americans still support providing weapons to Ukraine, but that’s a 12-point decline from the 60% of Americans who backed supplying Ukraine weapons in 2022, according to the Associated Press.

This diminishing support follows the $113 billion price tag for aid to Ukraine paid by U.S. taxpayers last year. As a result, some in the GOP are pushing for a complete halt of U.S. military and financial aid to Ukraine. At least 11 House Republicans are now pushing a non-binding resolution urging “all combatants to reach a peace agreement.”

Despite the decreasing support, some Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., continue to advocate for continued aid to Ukraine.

“The cost of defeating Putin is a good investment in stability of the world at large,” Graham said. “I don’t want to live in a world where people can take things of others without consequence.”

Meanwhile, U.S. and western officials have said the number of Russian troops killed or wounded in Ukraine is approaching 200,000, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair General Mark Milley has said Russia is losing.

“They’ve lost strategically, they’ve lost operationally, and I repeat they lost tactically,” General Milley said.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Poland next week to mark the first anniversary of the conflict.

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MAHMOUD BENNETT:

AS WE HIT THE ONE YEAR MARK OF RUSSIA’S LATEST INVASION OF UKRAINE NEWLY RELEASED POLLING SHOWS AMERICAN PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR AIDING UKRAINE IS IN DECLINE

ACCORDING TO THE LATEST AP POLL, AMERICANS ARE NOW ABOUT EVENLY DIVIDED ON SENDING GOVERNMENT FUNDS DIRECTLY TO KIEV, WITH ONLY 37% IN FAVOR AND 38% OF AMERICANS AGAINST IT

MEANWHILE 48 PERCENT – OR ABOUT HALF – SAY THEY *DO* STILL SUPPORT THE US PROVIDING *WEAPONS* TO UKRAINE – THOUGH THAT’S NOTABLY A 12-POINT DECLINE FROM THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO BACKED SUPPLYING UKRAINE WEAPONS IN 2022 – BASED ON AP POLLING

THIS DIMINISHING SUPPORT FOLLOWS THE $113 BILLION PRICE TAG FOOTED BY US TAXPAYERS LAST YEAR

SOME IN THE GOP HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT MASSIVE SPENDING NEEDS TO END. IN FACT AT LEAST 11 HOUSE REPUBLICANS ARE NOW PUSHING A NON-BINDING RESOLUTION FOR A COMPLETE HALT OF US MILITARY AND FINANCIAL AID TO UKRAINE URGING QUOTE ALL COMBATANTS TO REACH A PEACE AGREEMENT

IT STRIKES A DIFFERENT TONE FROM REPUBLICANS LIKE LINDSAY GRAHAM

U.S. SENATOR LINDSAY GRAHAM:

The cost of defeating Putin is a good investment in stability for the world writ large.”

MAHMOUD BENNETT:

U.S. OFFICIALS SAY THE NUMBER OF RUSSIAN TROOPS KILLED AND WOUNDED IN UKRAINE IS APPROACHING 200,000

ARMY GEN. MARK A. MILLEY:

They’ve lost strategically, they’ve lost operationally, and I repeat they lost tactically.

MAHMOUD BENNETT:

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN IS SET TO TRAVEL TO POLAND NEXT WEEK TO MARK THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE CONFLICT.

I’M MAHMOUD BENNETT AND THAT’S YOUR QUICK BREAKDOWN WITH US HERE AT STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS UNBIASED STRAIGHT FACTS