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Americans Concerned About Economic Cost of Russian Sanctions, Poll Shows

Americans are becoming less concerned about punishing Russia for invading Ukraine and more concerned about the cost those sanctions are having on the economy, according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Publish Affairs Research.

More than half (51%) of U.S. adults say limiting damage to the U.S. economy should be a top priority while 45% say it should be sanctioning Russia effectively. Just last month, those numbers were flipped with 55% saying sanctioning Russia effectively should be a bigger priority.

"The shifts in opinion reflect how rising prices are biting into American households—surging costs for gas, groceries, and other commodities have strained budgets for millions of people—and perhaps limiting their willingness to support Ukraine financially," reads an article from the Associated Press.

However, many Americans still support the U.S. having some role in the war between Russia and Ukraine. According to the poll, 32% feel the U.S. should play a major role in the conflict and 49% support a minor role.

And the way most Americans (75%) want the U.S. to play a role is by providing humanitarian support to refugees from Ukraine. But fewer support deploying troops directly to Ukraine or sending government funds. "We're killing ourselves," Jeanette Ellis-Carter, a retired accountant who lives with her husband in Cincinnati, Ohio, told the AP. "We can help other people, but in helping other people, we have to know how to help ourselves. And we're not doing that." 

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Wednesday, 29 June 2022