: Americans’ support for arming Ukraine slips as price tag surpasses $75 billion

by | Oct 5, 2023 | Stock Market

A smaller share of Americans support the U.S. providing weapons to Ukraine, according to a poll released Thursday from Reuters and Ipsos. Just 41% of respondents agreed that Washington “should provide weapons to Ukraine” while 35% disagreed, with the remainder saying they were unsure. In May a similar poll showed 46% support for arming Ukraine with 29% opposed.

Support among self-identified Democrats for sending weapons fell to 52% from 61% in May, while Republican support dipped to 35% from 39% over the same period. The flagging support comes as the price tag for Ukraine war aid has surpassed $76 billion, according to an analysis by the Council on Foreign Relations and as the debate over providing more aid has split the Republican party and contributed to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of California losing his leadership position. The leading contenders for to replace McCarthy as speaker, Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Steve Scalise, are known to be against providing additional funding for Ukraine. “Prospects for any Ukraine funding don’t look good in the context of a Scalise-Jordan race for speaker,” James Lucier of Capital Alpha Partners wrote in a Wednesday note to clients, adding that any new funding would now likely have to “come by means of a Senate bill that passes the House in a bipartisan vote,” …

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