Americans may know little about Ukraine and even less about its leadership, but one thing is certain: they strongly oppose sending US soldiers to fight Russians in defense of Kiev’s sovereignty, a new poll has revealed.
The findings on public opinion come as the US and its NATO allies vow to impose severe sanctions against Moscow – but not to deploy troops – if Russia invades Ukraine.
President Joe Biden’s top security advisor, Jake Sullivan, reiterated on Sunday that Russia is positioned to launch an attack on Ukraine at any moment.
Russia has denied having any intention of invading Ukraine and blamed the USA and some other NATO members for escalating tensions in Eastern Europe.
Moscow last December sent security proposals to Washington – among them, barring Ukraine from joining NATO – but US Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted that the alliance will keep its doors open to prospective new members.
The Economist/YouGov poll showed that one in four Americans don’t even know whether Ukraine is an ally or an enemy of the USA. Less than half of respondents were able to offer an opinion of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Those who did offer a view of Zelensky were about evenly divided between favorable and unfavorable. Just 43% of poll participants said Ukraine should be allowed to join NATO, while 42% were undecided.
Four in 10 respondents said it’s a good idea to deploy troops to NATO countries in Eastern Europe, but that support is driven mostly by Democrats, the poll showed.
RT. com / ABC Flash Point News 2022.