Poll: Americans do not want to play a major role in Ukraine conflict

By Casey Harper | The Center Square

The majority of Americans do not support the U.S. having a major role in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, newly released polling data show.

The AP/NORC poll released Wednesday found that only 26% of surveyed Americans support the U.S. playing a “major role” in the “situation between Russia and Ukraine.” According to the poll, 52% said the U.S. should play a “minor role” and 20% said “no role” at all.

Only 32% of Democrats said the U.S. should play a major role while Republicans came in lower at 22%. The poll found 52% of Democrats said we should play a minor role, compared to 54% of Republicans.

Notably, 32% of Independents want the U.S. to play no role, 20% want a major role and 44% want a minor role.

Gallup released a poll earlier this week that found the majority of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the issue.

According to that poll, 55% of those surveyed disapprove of Biden’s handling of Russia while 37% approve. Biden’s overall foreign affairs job approval rating comes in at 40%, and his overall job approval was at 41%, with 55% disapproving of his work as president.

Biden’s approval rating has steadily declined since taking office last year.

“The trends in approval of Biden’s handling of specific issues follow the same trajectory as the trend in his overall approval rating,” Gallup said. “The issue approval ratings were above the majority level early in his presidency, showed a significant drop in the summer of 2021, and dropped further in the fall. Americans’ approval of Biden for handling the coronavirus situation has consistently been his best among these issues, averaging eight percentage points higher than his foreign affairs and economic approval ratings.”

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18 thoughts on “Poll: Americans do not want to play a major role in Ukraine conflict

  1. The Russian people do not want a war neither do the American people. I am too old to fight in a war. If we were attacked I would fight to my last breath. We are not the world’s police. I council all the young people I know, who will listen, and tell them that they should avoid the military at all cost. All the politicians are lying. The media is lying. This is all about the New World Order of one world government. “You will own nothing and you will be happy”

  2. I have to say I am a bit astounding by “so called conservatives” willing to be apologists for former KGB operative Valdimir Putin.

    Putin has made clear his goal to re-establish the client states and puppet regimes brutally put in place by force after WWII. Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum in her book “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956, is a detailed study of just how this was done. Putin is now following Stalin’s same playbook.

    Putin actions in Georgia, Moldovia, and the Ukraine in which he seeks to annex areas with large populations of Russian speakers is eerily similar to Hitler’s policy of expansion and excuses for it shortly before WWII.

    The current democratically elected President Zelensky is no neo-Nazi. He is in fact Jewish and had many relatives die in Hitler’s concentration camps.

    The way to reach international agreements and legitimate security concerns is through diplomacy and negotiation, not by invasion.
    The United States of America and her allies have stated enough is enough and we who care about liberty and democracy should be willing to do the same.

    • Re: “The way to reach international agreements and legitimate security concerns is through diplomacy and negotiation, not by invasion.”

      Tell that to the ghosts of British Prime Ministers, Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill.

    • That I am angry at the TV interviews with mothers and their young children seeking refuge in Ukrainian subway stations is a gross understatement.

      It’s beginning to look like our politicians (and the thoughtless media towing their line), you know – those who assumed authority on the grounds that they know best how to protect the world with their policies – are pointing at the rat poison manufacturer who packaged its product in children’s cereal boxes under their self-righteous, incompetent noses.

      What makes this worse, these politicians and their cronies are trying to discredit U. S. patriots, our liberty, and blame chaos on free markets, claiming ‘now’ is not the time to criticize them, while they try to deflect our view from their irresponsibility and convince us that we need more, not less, of the failed policies that got us here in the first place.

      Indeed, never let an emergency go to waste. And if you don’t have an emergency, make one. Even a fool can see that this didn’t have to go down this way. This whole circumstance is a setup. And it stinks.

  3. I have to say I am a bit astounding by “so called conservatives” willing to be apologists for former KGB operative Valdimir Putin.

    Putin has made clear his goal to reestablish the client states and puppet regimes brutally put in place by force after WWII. Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum in her book “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956, is a detailed study of just how this was done. Putin is now following Stalin’s same playbook.

    Putin actions in Georgia, Moldovia, and the Ukraine in which he seeks to annex areas with large populations of Russian speakers is eerily similar to Hitler’s policy of expansion and excuses for it shortly before WWII.

    The current democratically elected President Zelensky is no neo-Nazi. He is in fact Jewish and had many relatives die in Hitler’s concentration camps.

    The way to reach international agreements and legitimate security concerns is through diplomacy and negotiation, not by invasion.
    The United States of America and her allies have stated enough is enough and we who care about liberty and democracy should be willing to do the same.

  4. The US has spent at least $15 to $20 BILLION on Its Ukraine folly since 1990, mainly to use a weaponized Ukraine as a snarling attack dog against Russia

  5. It is important to note that this poll took place before the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia and at a time when many like Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump were openly in support of what Putin was doing. What is going on now is completely different. Since Wednesday when this poll was released, Russia has launched a brutal attempt to takeover a neighboring country.

    We need to stand firm with our allies and oppose this invasion. While Ukraine is not a member of NATO, many others who were once under Soviet Union domination now are and unless we take vigorous diplomatic, economic and continued equipment support of the Ukraine, Russia under the former KGB thug Putin, will be pushing for more and this could lead us into direct conflict and the possibility of nuclear war.

    • In 1990, Baker and Germans and the UK pledged to expand NATO not one inch beyond East Germany.

      NATO expanded to eventually include almost all of east Europe, starting in 1997.

      In Poland and Rumania are US missile installations, staffed by only US personnel, no foreigners, to ensure total secrecy.

      Poland objected, at first, but was bought off with free US weapons

      Those supersonic missiles can reach Moscow in minutes.

      Ukraine, a highly unstable, impoverished, neo-Nazi-run country also wanted such a missile installation.

      Ukraine resisted implementing the agreed-to Minsk accords for 7 years

      Putin stated enough is enough

      • I have to say I am a bit astounding by “so called conservatives” willing to be apologists for former KGB operative Valdimir Putin.

        Putin has made clear his goal to reestablish the client states and puppet regimes brutally put in place by force after WWII. Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Applebaum in her book “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-1956, is a detailed study of just how this was done. Putin is now following Stalin’s same playbook.

        Putin actions in Georgia, Moldovia, and the Ukraine in which he seeks to annex areas with large populations of Russian speakers is eerily similar to Hitler’s policy of expansion and excuses for it shortly before WWII.

        The current democratically elected President Zelensky is no neo-Nazi. He is in fact Jewish and had many relatives die in Hitler’s concentration camps.

        The way to reach international agreements and legitimate security concerns is through diplomacy and negotiation, not by invasion.
        The United States of America and her allies have stated enough is enough and we who care about liberty and democracy should be willing to do the same.

      • Mr. Eshelman,

        There are plenty of opportunities and valid reasons to criticize President Biden. This is not the time. When Russia is invading its neighbor and the brave people of the Ukraine fighting for their freedom, we need to focus on how the United States of American and its allies can best respond at this moment.

        In the Trump interview you provided a link, Trump is quoted in regard to the invasion of Ukraine, “This is genius Putin declares a big portion of Ukraine – of Ukraine. Putin declares it independent. Oh that’s wonderful “.
        How very sad. Again, Ronald Reagan, who helped bring down the Soviet Union’s evil empire, must be rolling in his grave.

        • Right, and you’re a genius too.

          And I wasn’t criticizing Mr. Biden (although there’s plenty to criticize). I was criticizing you, Mr. Freitag. But in yet another of your genius moments you try to deflect that criticism. Or, perhaps, you really are foolish enough to think I wasn’t addressing your continuing duplicity.

          • We have a choice here: support the Putin and Russian invasion or the freedom loving people of a democratic Ukraine.
            Picking what side to be on should not take a genius.

          • Mr. Freitag – you fool no one with your sophistry but yourself.

            You said “Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump were openly in support of what Putin was doing.”

            That was a patently dishonest statement. And it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out either.

        • It doesn’t seem like Biden is worried about what is going on in Ukraine. Where is he this weekend? Oh, that’s right, he had a funeral near one of his many homes.

  6. Not with the leaderless ship we have currently.. The Ukrainians could use all those
    Billions of dollars worth of high tech weapons the applesauce brain left in A stan
    for the terrorist.. Word is out that this is a war against the Swamp’s Money laundering
    community.. waiting for more proof but sure sounds feasible.. Why was biden, pelosi,
    kerry, rommney’s kids and the clinton cartel on energy boards there???

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