Aug 24, 2022 - World

Majority of Americans say U.S. should back Ukraine until Russia withdraws

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Ukrainian soldiers on the frontline in Donbass, Donetsk, Ukraine on Aug. 15. Photo: Metin Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Just over half of the people in the U.S. believe it should continue to support Ukraine until the complete withdrawal of Russian troops, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll.

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picture: Roughly 53% of Americans surveyed said they supported the U.S. backing Ukraine "until all Russian forces are withdrawn," Reuters reported.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.

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