A new survey conducted last week asked 1,500 U.S. adults how they felt about American involvement in the potential Ukraine v. Russia war that’s shaping up along the border. The results? American’s are not ready to stomach a direct confrontation against Russia over the non-NATO country.
The survey asked: “Do you think each of the following courses of action would be a good idea or a bad idea?”
The suggested actions included “Imposing economic sanctions on Russia,” to which 50% of respondents said “Good idea,” 20% said “Bad idea,” and the remainder were undecided. Other potential actions included:
“Allowing Ukraine to join NATO”: 43% Good, 15% Bad, 42% Undecided
“Sending financial aid to Ukraine”: 42% Good, 24% Bad, 34% Undecided
“Sending troops to NATO ally countries in eastern Europe”: 40% Good, 23% Bad, 37% Undecided
“Sending weapons to Ukraine”: 38% Good, 31% Bad, 31% Undecided
“Sending soldiers to Ukraine to provide help, but not to fight Russian soldiers”: 33% Good, 34% Bad, 33% Undecided
“Sending soldiers to Ukraine to fight Russian soldiers”: 13% Good, 55% Bad, 33% Undecided
As you can see, there was a very strong negative response to the idea of sending U.S. soldiers to fight directly against Russian forces.
The polling service noted that many Americans don’t know much about Ukraine in general, and have a general perception of Russia as a threat to the United States. As they put it: “Americans don’t just see Russia as a threat to Ukraine. They also view it as a threat to the U.S. More than two-thirds call it a threat, and one-third say Russia is a direct and immediate threat.”
Jake Sullivan, the American National Security Advisor, said on Friday that the current deployments of U.S. personnel are being issued to “Poland, to Romania, to Germany” and “are not soldiers… being sent to go fight Russia in Ukraine.” He emphasized that U.S. involvement is not at the level of “going to war with Russia,” but rather “to defend NATO territory, consistent with our Article 5 obligation.”
On Saturday, the Pentagon pulled back all U.S. military personnel that were in Ukraine, as a Russian invasion appears increasingly likely with forces amassing at the border.
The U.S. State Department also issued Level 4 travel advisory for Ukraine, telling all American citizens to leave immediately.
Author: Mary Wilson