A new Pew Research poll finds that 74 percent of Americans believe that the war in Ukraine is important to US national interests with 43 percent of respondents saying that the war is “very important.” Among Democrats, 81 percent believe that Russia’s war against Ukraine is important to America’s interests, whereas only 69 percent of Republicans feel that way.

When examined at the micro-level, 34 percent say the war is “somewhat important” to them personally, while 25 percent say that the war in Ukraine is “very important” to them personally – representing, on the whole, 56 percent of Republicans and 65 percent of Democrats who feel the war is important to them on a personal level, with older Americans being more interested in the topic than younger citizens.

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Steve Moore, a Republican political strategist who worked in Congress for many years is not surprised as the “poll shows what we all know – a majority of Americans support Ukraine.”

Despite Americans’ strong interest in the fate of Ukraine, Congressional Speaker Mike Johnson decided to adjourn Congress until the end of February, reconvening a mere two days before the US Government is poised to shut down due to a federal budget having not been passed.

Johnson has been keen to block further assistance for Ukraine because former President Donald Trump is urging Republicans to prevent a deal being reached before elections. Trump had earlier called on Republicans to reject the compromise Senate aid package for Ukraine.

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Ukraine Should Not be Left to the Mercy of Devious US Politicians

Trump and some Republicans have repeated Russian disinformation, consistently favoring Putin; now these rightwing extremists have expanded to become a slight majority in the House of Representatives.

Republicans appear to be on the verge of nominating Trump, who has so far won in all states where there have been primaries and who is leading his opponent, Nikki Haley, country-wide by an average of 57.7 percent.

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Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s son, has recently begun attacking Republican Senators who did not comply with his father’s demands to not support Ukraine aid and has openly called on those senators to be challenged in their next primaries, according to The Hill.

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Moore, who founded the Ukraine Freedom Project, notes: “What the poll did not ask is whether they support spending $62 billion to aid Ukraine.”

However, he added: “The Ukraine Freedom Project poll of Republican voters shows that only 36 percent of Republicans favor spending more money on Ukraine and only 16 percent strongly favor spending the money.”

Seeing this divide, Moore surmises that “two years of largely unanswered Russian propaganda directed at American conservatives has taken its toll.”

So, is Congress’ behavior in not passing Ukraine aid going to hurt the public’s perception of the House?

More points out that “the other question not asked by Pew in this survey is American’s opinion of Congress,” adding: “Typically, Americans view Congress slightly more favorably than they do a root canal. Nobody likes the way Congress is behaving on any topic.”

Gallup Polls found that currently only 15 percent of Americans approve the way that Congress is doing its job.

Whether Ukraine aid will pass the House is still unknown, though there are increasing threats from House members that they will bypass the Speaker’s refusal to conduct a vote and will force a vote on Ukraine using a procedure called a “discharge petition,” which allows a long-awaited bill to be brought to the floor, without the Speaker’s consent. Circumventing the Speaker would be a blow to Johnson.

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A report from NBC on Monday indicated that the “Biden administration is leaning toward supplying Ukraine with long-range missiles if Republicans continue to block US military aid to Ukraine,” saying that “the White House could turn to an ally to provide Kyiv with ATACM missiles capable of striking Russian-held Crimea.”

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Beau
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This poll is a joke. Biden is Ukraine's worst enemy. Biden provides just enough weapons to stall the Russians but refuses to provide the Ukraine with weapons able to target Russian targets and cities. Senile Biden does not care about Ukrainian lives

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Mark Mills
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Mr. Tummarello, well stated! And to trolls Michael and Trent, fuck off!

Michael
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@Mark Mills, okay, what do you suggest Ukraine should do to help solve the problems on the US-Mexico border, so that they can then get the assistance they so desperately need just to survive the Russian onslaught against them?

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Philip Tummarello
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The Republican Senators who voted to fund Ukraine did so at the expense of American border and national security, Over the past three years over SIX MILLION illegal immigrants from 140 countries were be allowed to enter the United States by the Biden cartel supporters. Iranian funded sleeper cells amongst them. They were not criticized specifically for support of Ukraine funding. It seems the Kyiv Post is satisfied to repeat Democrat political propaganda.

Michael
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@Philip Tummarello, keep your internal US issues over there, please. Fix that issue up if you need to, sure, but that has nothing to do with Russia's genocide of Ukrainians.

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trent
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@Philip Tummarello, didn't you pay attention in school?

Who are you to say America is now closed to new arrivals? You are all immigrants son. It has been that way since the 17th century - unless you are Native American which I doubt, they don't tend to spout Maga bullshit.

The US is enriched by its culture, even the slaves who do your gardening and clean your offices.

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