The Brookings institute has published the results of a new public opinion poll regarding the events in Ukraine. They say:
In February 2022, we began tracking American public attitudes toward the war. In four polls conducted between March 2022 and October 2022, our University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll found consistently robust public backing for U.S. support for Ukraine. We set out to determine if this trend has continued a year after the war.
Our latest University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll with Ipsos was carried out among 1,203 respondents by Ipsos from March 27-April 5, 2023. Here are key takeaways.
THE PUBLIC SHOWS SIGNS OF IMPATIENCE WITH THE WAR
A plurality of Americans, 46%, said the United States should stay the course in supporting Ukraine for only one to two years, compared with 38% who said the United States should stay the course for as long as it takes.
THE PUBLIC IS DIVIDED ON LEVEL OF EXPENDITURE AND MILITARY SUPPLIES TO UKRAINE
At the same time, the public is divided on the level of expenditure in support of Ukraine between those who say it’s too much (33%) and those who say it’s about the right level (30%). Only 12% said it’s too little.
THERE HAS BEEN A MARKED DROP IN THE PUBLIC PREPAREDNESS TO PAY A COST FOR SUPPORTING UKRAINE
Since March of 2022, we fielded four other polls tracking the public’s willingness to pay a price in rising energy costs, higher inflation, and loss of American troops. Public support had been relatively robust, with very little change over the months ending in October 2022. But the current poll shows a marked drop on all three measures ranging from 9-15 points.
Only 8% of respondents said ‘weakening or defeating Russia should be a primary U.S. priority’.