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Poll finds partisanship now determines positions on aiding Ukraine’s defense vs. Russia

Republican voter in Texas tells AP-NORC pollster he views Biden and Ukraine’s Zelensky very negatively and prefers Putin’s leadership approach to Biden’s WASHINGTON (AP) — As Russia makes battlefield advances and Ukrainian soldiers run short on ammunition, U.S. adults have become fractured along party lines in their support for sending military aid to Kyiv, according to a poll from the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

From the archives (March 2023): Tucker Carlson questionnaire reveals a fault line among Republicans: U.S. support for Ukraine’s defense against Russian invasion

Key Words (March 2018): Trump reportedly ignored advisers who told him, ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE’ Putin

Democrats are more likely to say the U.S. government is spending “too little” on funding for Ukraine than they were in November, but most Republicans remain convinced it’s “too much.” That divide is reflected in Congress, where the Democratic-held Senate — with help from 22 GOP senators — passed a $95 billion package of aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan last month. But the bill, which includes roughly $60 billion in military support for Kyiv, has languished in the Republican-held House as Speaker Mike Johnson has so far refused to bring it up for a vote.

“Biden and Democratic leaders in Congress have cast the 2-year-old conflict in Ukraine — the largest land invasion in Europe since World War II — as an inflection point in history.”

President Joe Biden, along with top Democrats and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, passionately urged the Republican speaker during a White House meeting this week to take up the foreign aid package, but Johnson responded by saying that Congress “must take care of America’s needs first.”

Most Republicans still share Johnson’s view, and their opinions haven’t changed significantly since the fall: 55% say the U.S. is spending too much on Ukraine aid, compared to 59% in November.

Context: Polish foreign minister says a Putin emboldened in Ukraine will be costlier to stop elsewhere

Also see: Senate Republican J.D. Vance says U.S. aid wouldn’t ‘change the reality’ for Ukraine on the battlefield

Plus: U.S. aid to Ukraine hinges on House Speaker Johnson. His leadership is being tested by the far right.

Meanwhile, support for increasing Ukraine aid has grown among Democrats. About 4 in 10 Democrats say the U.S. is spending “too little” on aid to Ukraine in the war against Russia, up from 17% in November. The share of Democrats who say the U.S. is spending “too much” or “about the right amount” has also dropped over the same period.