As the Biden administration is seeking over $60 billion to fund the war in Ukraine for another year, a poll has found that nearly half of American voters think the US is spending too much on the conflict.
The poll, conducted by Financial Times-Michigan Ross, found that 48% of respondents believe the US was spending “too much” on military and financial aid to Ukraine, while 27% said the US was spending the “right amount,” and just 11% believes Washington should be spending more.
Republicans are more opposed to the US spending on the war, as 65% said the US was spending too much, compared with 52% of independents and 32% of Democrats.
The results do not bode well for Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky, who arrived in Washington on Monday to plead for more US military aid. His visit comes as it’s become clear that Ukraine has no chance of beating Russia on the battlefield, which has been acknowledged by Ukraine’s top general.
The poll also posed the same question about US spending on military aid for Israel since October 7 and found similar results. The poll found 40% of respondents believed the US was spending too much, while 30% said the US was spending the right amount.
Several polls now have shown that the majority of US voters want the US to call for a ceasefire in Gaza, a position rejected by the Biden administration, as demonstrated by the US vetoing a UN Security Council ceasefire resolution. The latest poll from Data for Progress found that 61% of American voters support the idea of the US calling for a “permanent” ceasefire in Gaza and a general de-escalation of violence.