Majority of Americans say U.S. should back Ukraine until Russia withdraws
Why it matters: Wednesday marks six months since the start of the war, with Russia currently occupying one-fifth of Ukraine.
- In recent weeks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that the war with Russia must end not only with Russian forces having been pushed back to their pre-invasion borders but with the retaking of Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.
The big picture: Roughly 53% of Americans surveyed said they supported the U.S. backing Ukraine "until all Russian forces are withdrawn," Reuters reported.
- Only about 18% of respondents said they opposed such a move.
- The support for the American backing of Ukraine was bipartisan, with 66% of Democrats and 51% of Republicans in favor.
- In addition, 51% of respondents favored sending arms to Ukraine, while 22% opposed it.
- Most Americans surveyed opposed sending American troops to Ukraine — with only 26% supporting — but 43% supported sending U.S. troops to NATO countries neighboring Ukraine.
- 58% of the Americans surveyed said they were following Russia's invasion of Ukraine very or somewhat closely.
Methodology: This Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted Aug. 16-17 among 1,005 adults. The margin of sampling error is ±3.8 percentage points.