A growing portion of Americans think that the US is giving too much support to Ukraine, as the Biden administration and other western allies have taken steps in recent weeks to escalate their backing of the country in its war against Russia.
About a quarter of Americans, 26 percent, think the US support of Ukraine is too strong, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. It is a percentage of people that has grown steadily since the Russian invasion of Ukraine last year and has jumped 6 points since September.
The US has sent billions of dollars to Ukraine to support its military in the war against Russia. In a $1.7 trillion spending package passed by Congress late last year, lawmakers included around $45 billion in funding for Ukraine and NATO allies.
But the spending levels have come under attack by some Republican lawmakers, who argue the country is opening its pockets at unsustainable levels for Ukraine. Then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in October that House Republicans would not provide a “blank-check” for support of Ukraine if his party took control of the House — which it did. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said on Twitter that President Biden needed to understand the US was not an ATM.
And as some prominent Republicans have begun to sour on the support levels, the poll of 5,152 people, with a margin of error of 1.7 percent, found that Republican voters are following along. A total of 40 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think the US is providing too much support, according to the poll. That is up from 32 percent in September and from nine percent directly after the invasion.
While Republican attitudes have dimmed on Ukrainian support, they have also come to view the Russian war as less of a major threat to the US. Just 29 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents think the war is a major threat.
In March 2022, Republicans were more likely to see the invasion as a direct threat to the US, but now Democrats are more likely to hold that opinion, with 43 percent holding that belief.