If the United States were to be invaded as Ukraine was, by Russia just two weeks ago, 55% of Americans would stay and fight.
But those mostly would be Republicans and independents, because a majority of the Democrats responding to a new poll say they’d cut and run.
The Quinnipiac poll asked Americans if they were in the same position as Ukrainians now are, 55% responded with confirmation they’d stay and fight.
Thirty-eight percent said they’d run.
But among Republicans, the fighters totaled 68% of those responding while those who would run were only 25%. For independents, 57% said they’d stay to fight and 36% said they’d run.
But a full 52% of Democrats, a majority, said they’d run.
Male respondents by a 75%-19% margin said they’d fight, as would whites 57%-35% and Hispanics 61%-33%. Blacks would run, by a 59%-38% margin.
The poll also showed respondents, by a 50%-31% margin, said it was fair to compare Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and massacres of civilians “to Adolf Hitler’s actions against Austria and Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of World War II.”
Putin’s dictatorial power also was presumed, with 86% saying the Russian people do not have a say in what Putin and his government do.
The polling also explained, “At nearly the end of week two of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as the U.S. and its allies consider ratcheting up sanctions against Russia, Americans say 71-22 percent that they would support a ban on Russian oil even if it meant higher gasoline prices in the United States.
Joe Biden on Tuesday announced an end, for now, to imports of Russian oil.
“As for the steps that the Biden administration has taken so far to punish Russia for the invasion of Ukraine, 56 percent say they are not tough enough, while 30 percent say they are about right, and 3 percent say they are too tough,” the poll said.
“Americans are ready to put a chokehold on Russia’s key financial lifeblood, oil, no matter what the consequences are at the pump,” explained Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.
Also revealed was “broad support” at 79%-14% for a U.S. military response if Putin attacks a NATO country, and a fear, 60%-28% that Putin is willing to use nuclear weapons.
Only 42% approve of Biden’s handling of the Russian invasion, while 45% disapprove.
“For his overall job approval, Americans give Biden a negative 38%-51% job approval rating with 11% not offering an opinion,” the poll said.
Sixty-four percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, while the number who think Putin is “mentally unstable” has surged.
The new poll reveals 50% “think he’s mentally unstable, while 21 percent think he’s mentally stable.”
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