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Nearly half of American voters believe the U.S. is spending too much on aid to Ukraine. That’s according to a poll that underscores the fragility of domestic support, just as Volodymyr Zelensky prepares to visit Washington to lobby for more money.
The latest FT-Michigan Ross poll found that 48 percent said the U.S. was spending “too much” on military and financial aid to support Kiev’s war effort against Russia, compared with 27 percent who said Washington was spending “right amount” 11 percent said the U.S. wasn’t spending enough.
Opposition was particularly strong among Republicans: 65 percent said the U.S. was spending too much in Ukraine, compared with about half (52 percent) of independents and just a third (32 percent) of Democrats.
The results come as Biden struggles to persuade a closely divided Congress to approve a sweeping $111 billion security spending package that would include about $60 billion for Kyiv as well as funding for Israel and Taiwan .
This also comes as Zelensky will visit Washington on Tuesday for a meeting with Biden to underscore “the United States’ unwavering commitment” to the country’s war effort, according to the White House.
The poll also paints a bleak picture for pro-Ukrainian Republicans in Congress, who are struggling to find a compromise that approves funding. To appease Republicans, the White House proposal includes billions of dollars to increase security at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Republican strategist Doug Heye said future U.S. aid to Ukraine was “in doubt,” adding: “Republicans in Congress are where their voters are.”
Although there was more support for aid to Israel in the FT-Michigan Ross poll, the poll found a significant level of skepticism about supporting the Jewish state in its war against Hamas. Forty percent said the U.S. was spending “too much” on military and financial aid to Israel, while 30 percent said Washington was spending the “right amount.”
The strong opposition to military aid to Israel and Ukraine comes amid ongoing concerns about the state of the American economy. Only 25 percent of respondents said the state of the U.S. economy was either “good” or “excellent.” .
Americans continue to cite high inflation as their top concern when it comes to their finances, although the survey found slightly more optimistic about the state of the economy compared to last month’s results.
Still, the bleak outlook continues to weigh on Biden’s re-election prospects: Only 17 percent of Americans believe they are better off financially since he became president, while 53 percent say they are worse off.
That was a slight improvement from last month, when 14 percent of Americans said they would be better off financially with Biden in the White House and 55 percent said they would be worse off.
Rising consumer costs pose a major challenge for the president, who has tried to tout strong jobs and GDP numbers and has dubbed his ambitious industrial strategy “Bidenomics.”
The FT-Michigan Ross poll was conducted online between Dec. 5 and 6 by Democratic strategists Global Strategy Group and Republican pollster North Star Opinion Research. It reflects the opinions of 1,004 registered voters across the country and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Source : www.ft.com