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Bipartisan Support for Getting Tough on Russia

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Floyd Ciruli

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Russia’s and Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has managed to help build a bipartisan consensus that Russia is a threat, sanctions are needed and NATO should be backed. Although there is an isolationist sentiment, the full televised onslaught of Russia’s army has helped coalesce American opinion in opposition to the invasion. A new poll from the Washington Post indicates that the public is supportive of sanctions.

Support for sanctions on Russia for the Ukraine invasion was at 67 percent, with 20 percent opposed. Although there are partisan differences, still only 23 percent of Republicans oppose sanctions compared to 14 percent of Democrats. The poll was completed on February 24 as the Russian onslaught was just beginning.

WP chart on sanctions