Updated Oct 20, 2022, 12:06pm EDT
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Most Americans support continued aid to Ukraine, survey shows

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As U.S. Congressional Republican leaders suggest aid to Ukraine could be in jeopardy if the GOP takes control of the House, new polling data suggests the majority of Americans don’t support that move.

According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ annual survey, over 70% of all respondents — and roughly two-thirds of Republicans — favor sending additional financial and military support to Ukraine.

People hold posters as they take part in a protest against Russia's military operation in Ukraine during a NATO defence ministers meeting at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium October 13, 2022.
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Nearly 60% say they are willing to help Ukraine for ”as long as it takes," even if that means they would have to bear higher prices themselves.

“Despite the economic pinch they have endured during this crisis, Americans think helping Ukraine in its struggle against Russia is worth the sacrifice,” the council wrote. The U.S. has sent around $60 billion in aid to Ukraine.


Still, their support has limits. Across the political spectrum, fewer than half of respondents in the 3,100-person survey backed sending U.S. troops to Ukraine to help fight against Russia.

The study comes days after House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested a GOP-controlled House might not be keen to providing as much Ukraine funding, telling Punchbowl News that “people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine.”

Separately, a majority of respondents in the Chicago Council survey, regardless of party, said they would also support sending economic and military aid to Taiwan if China were to invade the nation. Just over 60% were in favor of using the U.S. Navy to prevent China from imposing a blockade around Taiwan.