Poll: What Democrats and Republicans fear most in the Russian-Ukrainian war | Radio WGN 720

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(NewsNation) – American voters are overwhelmingly concerned about a nuclear attack in the next decade and nearly half do not support the deployment of American troops to help Ukraine’s war efforts, according to a new NewsNation/Decision Desk poll. HQ released Wednesday.

Another takeaway: Registered voters from all political backgrounds displayed a rare moment of unity in support of President Joe Biden’s economic sanctions against Russia, in response to President Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine.

“There’s a majority here and they’re broadly aligned, and it’s largely bipartisan,” said Decision Desk headquarters adviser Scott Tranter.

Over the weekend, more than 1,000 registered voters were polled on their views on the war in Europe, Biden’s response and their biggest concerns about the conflict. Here are five of the biggest takeaways from the poll:

Respondents are worried about a nuclear attack

An overwhelming majority of respondents – 82% – said they feared at least somewhat that there would be a nuclear attack at some point in the next decade.

Putin did little to allay these fears, placing its nuclear forces on high alert end of February and bombing Europe’s largest nuclear power planta move the Pentagon called irresponsible.

Experts said the renewed concern over nuclear weapons is reminiscent of life during the Cold War and shows how quickly those fears can resurface.

“That nuclear genius that we kept trying to put back in the bottle after the cold war, you can’t put it back in the bottle, it’s still there,” said Michael GenovesePresident of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University.

Support for sanctions, even if they lead to higher gas prices

More than 70% of voters are at least somewhat in favor of imposing economic sanctions on Russia, with that support dropping only slightly to 65% when respondents considered the sanctions’ contribution to rising gas prices.

“It’s definitely unifying. The numbers don’t lie. You don’t get to 65% unless you have Republicans or Democrats, you just don’t,” Tranter said.

Biden economic sanctions against Russia target everything from the country’s financial institution to personal assets — companies, homes and yachts — of its billionaire oligarchs. On Tuesday, after the poll had already been taken, Biden announced a Russian oil import ban to “keep the pressure on Putin,” and warned that sanctions would impact Americans’ wallets.

But how long does Biden have before American support for sanctions starts to wane? This will depend on how the situation in Ukraine develops in the coming days, according to Genovese.

“The American public is notoriously impatient and the question is, if gas prices continue to rise, if Russia continues to go further and further to consolidate control of Ukraine, the American public will remain- with President Biden in the long term? I think he has several more weeks,” Genovese said.

Despite support for sanctions, mixed views on foreign policy

Although Biden appears to have voter support for imposing economic sanctions on Russia, their opinions are split 52-48 in favor of his overall foreign policy. It is, however, a slight improvement since a NewsNation poll last week revealed voters’ doubts about the commander-in-chief on various other aspects of his presidency.

“I would have expected him to be a lot closer to his approval ratings and yet he was higher. So these people were like, ‘[I] don’t really approve of him as president, or at least his job as president, but at least on Ukraine, I’m all for it,” Tranter said.

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The perceived threat from China has diminished

Since the Russian invasion and increased attention to the former Cold War enemy of the United States, voters are less focused on China, with more than half now believing that Russia is the most great threat to the country. That’s a 36 point increase since January.

As long as the war in Europe continues, Tranter notes that Americans’ perception is unlikely to change.

“I think as long as Russia is in the forefront of the news and seems to be dropping bombs on civilians indiscriminately and doing these things live on TV, 24 hours a day, I think they’re going to consider that [the biggest threat],” he said.

Note: The February survey was partially conducted before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, so recent developments in Ukraine will not be reflected here.

Widespread fear that Russia will invade other countries

Just over a third of voters support sending US troops to help Ukraine’s war effort if economic sanctions prove ineffective against Putin, the NewsNation poll found. However, Americans are overwhelmingly at least somewhat concerned about the possibility of Russia invading another country.

Biden made it clear that US troops would not be sent to fight Russian forces, instead promising to impose tough sanctions on Russia and defend “every inch” of NATO territory. Although Ukraine is not part of NATO, several neighboring countries are, including Hungary, Poland and Romania.

Tranter said the past two weeks had had an outsized impact on Americans’ perception of Russia as a threat, and most Americans didn’t think Putin would stop at Ukraine.

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