Most Americans oppose giving more aid to Ukraine for war with Russia: poll

The percentage of Americans who think the U.S. has "done enough" to help Ukraine has increased from last year, per the poll.

Published: August 8, 2023 9:51am

Updated: August 10, 2023 4:33pm

Fifty-five percent of Americans believe Congress should not authorize additional funding to support Ukraine's fight against Russia, according to a new poll.

Just 45% of those surveyed say Congress should authorize more funding for Ukraine, according to a CNN poll conducted by the pollster SSRS released last week.

The percentage of Americans who think the U.S. has "done enough" to help Ukraine has increased from last year, the poll also showed. 

In an SSRS poll from February 2022 taken shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, 38% of Americans said the U.S. has "done enough" while 62% said the U.S. should "do more." The latest poll showed that 51% of Americans say the U.S. has "done enough" while 48% say the country should "do more."

In the first year after Russia's invasion, the U.S. gave Ukraine $47 billion, data from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy shows. This is roughly twice the amount of aid given to Ukraine than the European Union countries.

However, the aid number may be significantly higher. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., and Sen. Krysten Sinema, I-Ariz., said in June that the U.S. has given Ukraine more than $113 billion in aid since the war began.

Americans' views on Biden's handling of the U.S. relationship with Russia remain stable from last year. In February 2022, 56% said they disapprove of his handling of Washington's relationship with Moscow, the same percentage who said they disapproved in the latest survey.

This poll was conducted from July 1-31 with a random sample of 1,279 adults and it has a 3.7% error margin.

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