Poll: 59 percent of Americans approve of sanctions against Russia

By Aileen Graef  |  March 10, 2014 at 11:27 AM
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WASHINGTON, March 10 (UPI) -- According to a CNN poll released Monday, a majority of Americans support sanctions against Russia but do not support foreign aid to Ukraine.

Despite the poll showing that a slight majority of Americans support President Barack Obama's handling of the crisis in Ukraine, they only approve of one element of his foreign policy in the crisis. Although older Americans are more likely to support sanctions against Russia, 59 percent of all Americans support sanctions. 55 percent of Americans under the age of 35 oppose sanctions against Russia.

The split in the sentiment between generations could be due to the fact that those under 35 spent most of their lives in a post-Cold War world and those under the age of 24 were not even alive when the Soviet Union collapsed.

On other matters of policy regarding Russia and Ukraine, Americans disapprove of economic aid to Ukraine and canceling of the G-8 summit. 52 percent of Americans disapprove of sending foreign aid to Ukraine, a feeling common among Americans towards all foreign economic aid. Nearly 60 percent disapprove of canceling the G-8 summit.

Americans polled a resounding "no" on the ideas of weapons delivery to Ukraine, air strikes against Russian troops, or ground troops in the Crimean peninsula.

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