A record low 29 percent of registered GOP voters believe the United States has an obligation to help Ukraine in its conflict with Russia, a Morning Consult poll released on Monday shows, noting that, it is the lowest on record since tracking began on the day of the Feb. 24 invasion.
Overall, 42% of respondents in the survey believe that the US has an obligation to help Ukraine. The survey shows that, on the other hand, 38% of independents and 56 percent of registered Democrats believe that the US has a responsibility to assist Kyiv in the war.
In another record low, Republican support for US sanctions against Russia also bottomed out with only 34% of Republicans – compared to 52% of Democrats and 45% of independents – saying the government should impose sanctions on Russian exports even if that means risking increased price of goods in America.
According to the survey, 49 percent of Republicans said that they support relocating Ukrainian citizens to live in the US compared to 61 percent of independent ones and 78 percent of registered Democratic respondents, while overall, 63 percent of respondents said that they’ll support such a move when asked about relocating Ukrainians into the US.
Although support for Kyiv in its war against Russia has remained relatively strong across both US parties even after nine months, there are certain cracks that have begun to emerge, particularly over the issue of cost considering that this year only, Washington has provided Kyiv with billions of dollars in military and nonmilitary assistance.
Those cracks were obviously serious enough for President Biden to say last week he feared for the future of US support to Ukraine after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy emphasized that if the GOP seizes the majority in next month’s midterms, Republicans will not write a blank check to Ukraine.
Conducted from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23 among 2,200 respondents, the Morning Consult poll’s margin of error is 2 percentage points.