US support for Ukraine hit by rising petrol prices

US support for Ukraine hit by rising petrol prices
US support for Ukraine rose rapidly after the war started in February, but now that war is hitting people in the pocket as energy prices rise, that support is starting to wane. / bne IntelliNews
By Statista October 25, 2022

While support for Ukraine remains high overall in the United States eight months into the war, Americans’ wallets are feeling the pinch of rising fuel and gas prices following heavy sanctions against Russia, Statista said in a note on October 25.

This is having an impact on how some people feel about the US’ role in the conflict, as highlighted by a recent poll carried out by Ipsos and Reuters. It found that while as of early March nearly two-thirds of adults believed that paying more for energy was worth it in order to defend another democratic country, the figure had fallen to around half of respondents by the beginning of this month.

As our chart shows, this balance between the importance of democratic values and the squeeze of personal financial costs has been constantly shifting since the war began.

When Russia first invaded, only 49% of respondents thought it was more important to defend Ukraine at the stake of higher bills its lowest point since the question was first asked.

One possible explanation for this initial lower rate could be drawn from another question on the survey, which found that in the same period, nearly half of respondents said they felt that the war in Ukraine was not a US-specific problem and that Washington should not interfere there.

As the war escalated, though, support for Ukraine through backing the sanctions grew and only now is it starting to show signs of waning once more.

The fairly comprehensive survey shows that the war in Ukraine is clearly an important issue for Americans and, at the same time, so is the question of what they can afford.

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