Half of Americans — no matter where they fall on the political spectrum — say that Russia’s attacks on Ukraine significantly threaten U.S. interests, according to a survey by Pew Research Center. The survey, conducted in March, marks a substantial change from before the invasion; in January, only 26% said that Russia’s military presence on Ukraine’s borders posed a threat to the U.S.
Nearly equal numbers of Democrats (50%) and Republicans (51%) agree that the invasion is a “major threat” to American interests. Both Democrats and Republicans also support continuing strict economic sanctions on Russia and working closely with allies to respond to the conflict.
That’s where bipartisan agreement ends — Democrats (80%) are much more likely than Republicans (57%) to say that the U.S. should admit thousands of Ukrainian refugees. There is a wide partisan gap between those who support President Biden’s response to the crisis, with Democrats largely approving of the Biden administration and Republicans mostly disapproving.
Over one-third of Americans (35%) support U.S. military action, even if it risks nuclear conflict with Russia. A much larger percentage (77%) favor keeping U.S. troops in NATO countries near Ukraine.