Last Updated on December 13, 2022
According to a recent poll, nearly half of the American public (47%) want the U.S. government to wind down its involvement in Ukraine and push for a peace deal to end the conflict. This is up from 38% when the same survey was conducted in July.
An Ipsos poll conducted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs found that lessening costs on American households is an increasingly important factor for those who want a peace deal. Rising costs of living have been an increasing burden on American household, which have largely stemmed from rising energy prices, food prices and near record-high inflation
The poll also found that a plurality of Americans, 65%, support the continuation of arms flows to Ukraine, while 66% are in favor of continued economic aid. 73% of respondents said Ukrainian refugees should be welcomed to the U.S., while 75% support continued sanctions on Russia.
These figures present some contradictions, though the poll seemingly indicated that Americans are growing increasingly weary of the current level of support provided to the war-torn nation. Just 40% of Americans believe the U.S. should maintain its current level of support “indefinitely,” while 27% support direct military action against Russia.
On the other end of the spectrum, 29% of respondents want the United States to gradually wind down its involvement in Ukraine.
Supporting Ukraine for “as long as it takes” has become less popular over the three-month period between polls. In July, Ipsos found that 58% of Americans were in favor of that strategy. That figure decreased to 48% in November.
At the same time, the number of Americans who want the U.S. government to pursue a peace deal in Ukraine rose from 38% in July to 48% in November.
The poll was conducted before a recent Federal Reserve report that found median U.S. household wealth saw its second-fastest drop since 1959. In total, the United States has committed $20 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration.