Poll: One Third of Americans Favour Sending US Troops to Ukraine
The online survey, which took place from July 25th to July 26th and involved 1,500 respondents, indicates that 31% of US voters either support or strongly support sending American troops to the battleground in Ukraine.
Among those surveyed, 25% remain undecided on the matter, while 34% are against the idea of deploying US soldiers to Ukraine. Notably, nearly one in ten respondents did not express a clear stance.
The poll further highlights that individuals aged between 27 and 42, commonly referred to as "millennials," are more likely to "strongly support" the deployment of US troops to Ukraine. Meanwhile, respondents born between 1997 and 2012, labelled as Generation Z, show a higher overall support rate, with 47% indicating they either support or strongly support the sending of American forces.
On the other hand, almost a third of respondents aged over 59 expressed opposition to the deployment of American troops in Ukraine, with an additional 25% firmly opposing the proposal.
Interestingly, only 4% of Generation Z respondents, aged 18 to 26, strongly objected to sending US troops.
It is worth recalling that Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. At that time, US President Joe Biden stated that the US military "is not engaging and will not engage in conflict with Russia in Ukraine." He added that US troops would be redirected to Europe, not for "fighting in Ukraine but defending our NATO allies and reassuring these allies in the East."
Currently, Ukraine is not a member of the NATO alliance, despite calls from Kyiv to join and promises from NATO that Ukraine could become a member in the near future.
One of the reasons for hesitations regarding allowing Ukraine to join NATO while it is still in a state of war with Russia is Article 5, which obliges NATO members to consider an attack on one state as an attack on all.
In the Newsweek poll, 47% of respondents expressed support or strong support for Ukraine's NATO accession, while only 15% said they were against membership. An additional 29% did not express either support or opposition, and 10% were unable to provide a response.
The Pentagon has stated that they are unable to comment on Newsweek's survey results.