(GoRealNewsNow.com) – Support for sending additional weapons to Ukraine among Americans has declined, as evidenced by a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll.
The survey revealed that while 46 percent of Americans supported arming Ukraine in May, that figure has now dropped to 41 percent. Conversely, those opposing such a move increased from 29 percent in May to 35 percent, marking an 11-point shift in public sentiment.
Party affiliations played a role in these opinions, with 52 percent of surveyed Democrats still endorsing military aid to Ukraine. This, however, is a drop from the 61 percent in May.
On the Republican side, support decreased from 39 percent in May to 35 percent, as mentioned in the latest poll findings.
Reuters’ Jason Lange and Patricia Zengerle highlighted, “The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online and nationwide, surveying 1,005 U.S. adults,” and added, “It had a credibility interval, a measure of precision, of about 4 percentage points in either direction.”
Elizabeth Hoffman from the Center for Strategic Studies commented to Reuters, “The declining support is having a negative effect on congressional support, and eventually, prospects for additional aid packages.”
This sentiment was reflected in a recent continuing resolution to fund the government. While the Senate had proposed a version with $6 billion in aid for Ukraine, the House of Representatives passed one without the Ukraine funding.
Despite this downward trend, key Democrat figures, including Biden and certain Republicans, have championed ongoing aid to Ukraine. As highlighted by Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong, the Biden administration is even seeking an additional $24 billion in aid on top of the already given $113 billion.
Some Republicans, however, are opposed to the idea of extending more aid. President Donald Trump has been vocal in his criticism, stating, “If we can afford to send hundreds of billions of dollars to Ukraine, then we can afford to have an auto industry that pays our workers a good living wage and keeps our workers working.”
Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has expressed his reluctance to support Ukraine financially, asserting he “would not give another dollar to Ukraine” if elected. During a debate, Gov. Ron DeSantis echoed a similar sentiment: “It’s in our interest to end this war, and that’s what I will do as president.”
However, not all Republicans share this view. Former Vice President Mike Pence believes in continuing aid to Ukraine, stating, “But supporting the Ukrainian military to repel and defeat the Russian invasion is in the interest of the United States of America, and it’s in the interest of freedom.” He also added, “I will tell you I have no doubt in my mind that if the Russian army was able to overrun Ukraine, it would not be too long before they crossed a border where, under our NATO charter, our American armed forces would be required to go and fight,”
Former Gov. Nikki Haley also staunchly supports assisting Ukraine and has previously criticized Trump for his perceived passive stance towards the nation.