Washington, DC, March 4, 2022 - A new Reuters/Ipsos poll, fielded after President Biden’s State of the Union address finds Americans’ resolve supporting Ukraine strengthening while their feelings on President Joe Biden’s handling of the situation remain stable. The proportion of Americans who disagree that the problems of Ukraine are none of our business has increased five points from just earlier this week (71% vs. 66% as reported in a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll) and is nineteen points higher than a poll conducted almost two weeks ago. The number of Americans who believe it is worth paying more for fuel and gas because of sanctions against Russia to defend another democratic country has increased to 62% from 49% two weeks ago. Seventy-four percent of Americans agree that the United States must support democratic countries when non-democratic countries attack them, and 80% believe the United States should not buy oil or gas from Russia during this conflict. Nearly four in five (77%) Americans also support seizing the assets of Russian oligarchs affiliated with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and 69% still believe Putin is most to blame for the current situation between Russia and Ukraine, up from 50% two weeks ago.
Americans remain hesitant to have the U.S. send troops to Ukraine (39%) or to have them use airstrikes to support the Ukrainian army (40%). However, 72% are willing to provide weapons to Ukraine. Three-quarters of Americans (74%) also believe the United States should take in Ukrainian refugees from the current conflict.
Finally, after a marked improvement earlier this week, approval of the way President Biden has been handling Russia (38%) and Ukraine (45%) remains stable.
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between March 3-4, 2022. For this survey, a sample of 831 Americans age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii were interviewed online in English. The sample includes 370 Democrats, 306 Republicans, and 89 independents. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample's composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 4.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Americans been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. The poll also has a credibility interval of ± 6.2 percentage points for Democrats, ± 6.9 percentage points for Republicans, and ± 12.7 percentage points for independents.
The results of this survey are trended against the results from two other Reuters/Ipsos surveys:
1. Conducted February 22-23, 2022 with a sample of 1,004 Americans, accurate to within ± 3.8 percentage points.
2. Conducted February 28-March 1, 2022 with a sample of 1,005 Americans, accurate to within ± 3.8 percentage points.
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