A new Gallup poll shows that support among Americans for the Biden administration’s “as long as it takes” stance on helping Ukraine is becoming less strong.
According to the study, which came out this week, 41% of Americans think that the United States is helping Ukraine too much. They stood at only 29% in June 2023 and 24% in August 2022, so that’s a huge jump.
Not only that, but 33% of people now say that the United States is doing an appropriate amount, down from 43% in June, and only 25% say it’s not doing enough.
Fewer people are supporting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who is said to want to sell U.S. help to Ukraine “all in” as he gets closer to retiring. This will make things harder for him.
With $105 billion, including $61 billion for Ukraine plus $14 billion for Israel, McConnell supports the Biden administration’s proposal.
A public event in the state of Kentucky this week with Ukraine’s Ambassador to U.S. Oksana Markarova was held by the Republican leader to ask the United States to support Ukraine, saying that it would be good for America.
This is what McConnell stated at the gathering at the University of Kentucky:
“The Ambassador and myself have been working together closely for twenty months now. I have been proud to have stood with her nation for even longer. I don’t want to help because I’m kind, but because it’s plain to me that the dangers that our friends face today are also threats to us. And because we must always fight for the freedoms we value.”
He talked about the opposition to giving Ukraine more help.
“There are many voices right now, on all sides of the political spectrum, saying that the expense of US leadership is not worth it. Some people say that our backing for Ukraine comes at the cost of other, more important goals. But, as I have stated many times, this is a bad choice,” he said.
“The United States is a world power with interests all over the world. And people who are against freedom all over the world would love nothing greater than to outlast our commitment to stand up to Russian aggression.”
Republicans in the House are planning to send help for both Ukraine and Israel in two separate bills, instead of putting them both in one bill as the Biden administration, as well as McConnell, wants. Also against separating them is Chuck Schumer, the majority leader in the Senate (D-NY).
This week, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) allegedly stated that he will address border security-related legislation pertaining to Ukraine financing after the House votes on money for Israel’s help.