Updated: May 16, 2022 | By Cameron Easley and Alex Willemyns

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine instigated a humanitarian crisis and rekindled the embers of the Cold War era, provoking a unified response from the West as well as most of the free world. The mostly financial nature of that response threatens to wreak havoc on the American and global economies, and the specter of potential escalation into a broader military conflict is casting a pall over the international order. Morning Consult is tracking how views of the ongoing conflict among Americans and adults around the world are shifting in the wake of Russia’s invasion, and you can find fresh data here each week.

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Key Takeaways

Americans Decreasingly See Ukraine’s Protection as a U.S. Responsibility: For the second week in a row, the share of voters who believe the United States has an obligation to defend Ukraine is down, falling to 44% from a tracking high of 50% two weeks ago. After a drop of 9 percentage points since last week, Republicans (32%) are the least likely to perceive such an obligation, compared with 57% of Democrats (down 3 points on the week) and 40% of independents (up 6 points).

Partisan Gap on Support for Russian Sanctions Solidifies: Three in 5 Democratic voters support sanctions on Russia — even at the risk of exacerbating inflation — compared with 43% of Republicans who say the same — a gap of 17 points that ballooned from a 6-point margin measured in the initial tracking survey conducted on the day of the invasion. Support among GOP voters for sanctions that may cause inflation has fallen from a high of 53% in early April, as Democratic backing has held steady.    

Only a Quarter of Americans Say the U.S. Is Not Doing Enough: At a record low since tracking began, only 1 in 4 voters say America is not doing enough to halt the Russian invasion of Ukraine, down from a high of 37% in mid-March. There is now little partisan disagreement on the issue: About as many Democrats (23%) and Republicans (25%) say not enough is being done, with only slightly more independents (29%) holding that view.

Half of Americans Support Oil Sanctions — Even if It Causes Pain at the Pump

Share of the following who say “my government should impose sanctions on exports of Russian oil and natural gas even if it causes the price of goods to rise in my country”:
Surveys conducted among roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Half of Americans Generally Support Sanctions — Despite Risk of Inflation

Share of the following who say “my government should impose sanctions on Russia even if it causes the price of goods to rise in my country”:
Surveys conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Less Than Half of U.S. Voters See Defense and Protection of Ukraine as America’s Responsibility

Share of the following who said “my country’s government has a responsibility to protect and defend Ukraine from Russia”:
Surveys conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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Most Americans Support Resettling Ukrainians

U.S. voters were asked if they support or oppose helping Ukrainian citizens relocate in the United States
Surveys conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Most Americans Remain Concerned About Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Share of the following who are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:
Surveys conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Only 1 in 4 Americans Say the U.S. Isn’t Doing Enough to Halt Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Share of each of the following who say the United States is not doing enough to halt Russia’s invasion of Ukraine:
Surveys conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Most Americans Are Concerned About the Prospect of WWIII, Though Fewer Believe It’s a Likely Outcome

U.S. voters were asked how concerned they are and how likely they think it is that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine leads to World War III
Surveys conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Americans’ Views on the Response to the Invasion of Ukraine

Share of U.S. voters who “strongly” or “somewhat” approve of how each of the following are handling foreign policy in Ukraine and Eastern Europe:
Surveys conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,000 registered U.S. voters each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Has Damaged Its Global Reputation

Share of respondents in each country with a favorable view of Russia minus the share with an unfavorable view of Russia
Each data point reflects a 7-day moving average of a representative sample of at least 311 adults in each country, with unweighted margins of error of +/-1-6 percentage points.

Democrats Slightly More Likely Than Republicans to Say Companies Should Permanently Cut Business Relationships in Russia

Share of each of the following who say companies should “permanently cut their business ties in Russia in protest of Russia's invasion of Ukraine”:
Surveys conducted among roughly 2,200 U.S. adults each, with an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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