According to a poll released on Wednesday, some Americans are becoming weary of the Biden admin.’s seemingly endless supply of money and weapons for Ukraine as domestic issues like the increasing cost of living, the porous southern border, and roving Chinese surveillance balloons confront sympathetic yet dissatisfied voters.
The survey results were made public by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research as the Russian invasion approached the ominous one-year mark and U.S. support reached tens of billions of dollars with no end in sight.
Additionally, it has been claimed that U.S. officials have privately warned Kyiv leaders that unless they make significant military advances, they risk losing more widespread Western support.
Overall, 48 percent of those surveyed support the U.S. arming Ukraine, while 29 percent oppose it and 22 percent state they have no opinion.
That contrasts with May 2022, just three months into the conflict, when, according to the AP, 60% of American people supported arming Ukraine.
Americans are divided on whether to transfer federal money to Ukraine directly; 37% are in favor, 38% are against it, and 23% are unsure.
As President Joe Biden travels to Poland next week to commemorate the first anniversary of the largest conflict in Europe since World War II, there are indications that support for Ukraine is waning.
He travels when voters back home are being badly impacted by concerns like inflation and the rising cost of living and the country’s security is being threatened by Chinese surveillance balloons.
Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) issues a warning that the United States cannot “Get so ahead of the Europeans” when it comes to providing assistance for Ukraine, leaving American taxpayers to cover the full cost.
According to the AP survey, Biden has repeatedly said that the US will support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” to stave off Russian soldiers, who started invading on February 24 of last year.
The story also states that administration officials have privately told Ukrainian leaders that there is a limit to the patience of a sharply split Congress — and American public — for supporting a conflict with no end.
According to Breitbart News, Congress approved around $113 billion in military and humanitarian expenditure in 2022 and is not showing any signs of slowing down.
Only 19% of Americans, according to the poll, have a lot of faith in Biden’s ability to manage the situation in Ukraine, while 37% say they have only a little faith and 43% have none at all.
A sample from NORC’s AmeriSpeak Panel which is probability-based, and is intended to be representative of the American population, was used in the survey of 1,068 individuals, which was conducted from Jan. 26 to 30. For all survey participants, the margin of error is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.