Nearly half of Americans say US is spending too much on Ukraine aid: Survey

Most of the opposition to Ukraine aid comes from largely Republicans, but fewer voters oppose it now after Hamas’ invasion of Israel.

Published: November 22, 2023 7:36am

Updated: November 22, 2023 7:37am

Nearly half of Americans say that the United States is spending too much on Ukraine aid, according to a survey Wednesday that comes as the White House is pushing Congress to pass a $106 billion spending package that includes $61 billion in aid earmarked for the war-torn European nation.

Currently, 45% of Americans say the U.S. government is spending too much on Ukraine aid in its fight against Russia compared to 52% who said the same in October, according to the latest Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey

The change largely comes from Republicans, 69% who said in October that too much is spent on Ukraine aid compared to 59% who said so in the latest survey. 

The previous survey was taken Oct. 5-9, and during that time, Hamas terrorists invaded Israel on Oct. 7, killing about 1,200 people, including more than 30 U.S. citizens. The global threat environment has been heightened ever since, putting global news in the spotlight before the latest survey was conducted from Nov. 2-6.

While 48% of the U.S. public supports providing Ukraine with weapons, about 4 in 10 support directly sending government funds to Ukraine. When broken down along party lines, 57% of Democrats endorse giving weapons to Ukraine compared to 42% of Republicans. Additionally, 54% of Democrats support giving government funds directly to Ukraine, while less than one in four (24%) of Republicans do.

This latest AP-NORC poll was conducted with 1,239 U.S. adults and has a 3.9% margin of error.

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