Most Americans oppose sending US troops to Ukraine to fight Russia: polls

Studies show that most Americans do not support the idea of ​​sending US troops to Ukraine to help Ukrainian troops fight Russians.

Only 19% of respondents to The Economist / YouGov vote Sending US troops to Ukraine was a good idea, but 54% thought it was a bad idea. The rest was uncertain.

More respondents (33%) said it was a good idea to send soldiers to Ukraine “to provide assistance”, but not to fight Russian soldiers.

63% of Reuters / Ipsos Poll Respondents (pdfThe United States said it should not send troops to Ukraine to protect Ukraine from Russians. The rest said they should send troops.

The same division was seen when the United States was asked if it should bomb Russian troops, and several respondents to the YouGov survey opposed the United States’ drone attack on Russians.

The majority of poll respondents (pdf) CNN’s SSRS also opposed the US taking military action to thwart Russia.

President Joe Biden has vowed not to send US troops to Ukraine following the February 24 invasion of Russia.

“To be clear, our troops are not involved in or involved in the conflict with the Russian army in Ukraine,” the Democratic Party said in a State of the Union address.

The Biden administration sent troops to Europe, and if Russia attacked an ally of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the president promised to participate in the fight.

The administration also sent weapons and other military aid to Ukraine to help Ukrainian troops counter the aggression.

Studies show that most Americans support Ukraine.

Respondents told YouGov that imposing a no-fly zone on Ukraine is a good idea, even if many experts warn that it means the United States has participated in the war on the Ukrainian side.

Many respondents to polls support providing weapons to Ukraine and imposing additional sanctions on Russia. Almost half of YouGov respondents said Ukraine should be allowed to participate in NATO. About one-third was unknown.

A few U.S. lawmakers say the United States should impose a no-fly zone or otherwise be more directly involved in the war, but most say the current level of involvement is appropriate. increase.

The YouGov poll was conducted from February 26th to March 1st, with 1,500 respondents and a margin of error of about 3%. The Ipsos study was conducted from February 28th to March 1st, with a sample of 1,005 adults with a sampling error of 3.8%. The SSRS survey was conducted on February 25 and 26, and 1,001 respondents used the sample. The sampling error was about 4%.

Other countries, including 40 percent of British respondents to the Redfield and Winton polls, have so far opposed sending their troops to Ukraine.

Zachary Stieber


Zachary Stieber covers US and world news. He is based in Maryland.