A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) poll found that American support for sending additional aid to Ukraine has declined since March, particularly among Republican voters.
According to the WSJ, the percentage of respondents who believe the Biden administration is doing too much to assist Ukraine has risen by 24%, from 6% in March to 30% now.
The shift was most noticeable among Republican voters. Only 6% of Republican respondents said the United States is doing too much in March. It is now 48% of Republican voters.
Overall, 57% of those polled still support sending more aid to Ukraine, while 37% oppose it. An overwhelming 81% of Democratic respondents supported additional financial aid, compared to 35% of Republicans and 45% of independents.
The poll included 1,500 registered voters who were contacted by phone and text message from October 22 to 26, with a margin of error of -/+2.5 percentage points.
The Biden administration has pledged to stand by Ukraine for as long as necessary. However, voters’ top concerns as they head to the polls next week are inflation and other domestic issues.
According to Eric Ramos, a Democrat from Austin, Texas, continued support for Ukraine is important, but domestic issues should take precedence.
“It’s got to be a balance of using money for what we need for ourselves as opposed to what other people need,” Ramos, a 33-year-old middle school teacher, stated. “You’ve got to take care of yourself before you can take care of other people.”
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, the United States has provided more than $60 billion in security and humanitarian aid. This includes $18 billion in military hardware.
According to the WSJ, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal recently asked the US for $1.5 billion in aid per month for Ukraine next year, totaling roughly $18 billion.
If Republicans gain control of at least one chamber of Congress next year, the Biden administration is reportedly considering a $50 billion aid package for Ukraine before the end of the year.