This should be told clearly: majority of Americans prefer to maintain good relations with Russia rather than to help Ukrainians to defend themselves from Russian aggression. Here are results of polls:
Leading up to the invasion, Americans were somewhat mixed on how the U.S. should respond. In a recent poll from Quinnipiac University, 57% of Americans said the U.S. should not send troops into Ukraine if Russia invades, and 54% support Biden’s decision to deploy troops to support NATO allies.
There’s little doubt that Americans view Russia as a threat, though. Indeed, 71 percent of Americans told The Economist/YouGov this week that Russia posed a somewhat or serious threat to the U.S., with 41 percent calling Russia an “immediate and serious” threat — higher than for any other country or group the poll asked about. And in the same survey, 52 percent said it was more important for the U.S. to take a “strong stand” against Russia to prevent it from taking over Ukraine, compared with 24 percent who said it was more important to maintain good relations with Russia. On that question, a majority of both Democrats and Republicans prioritized opposing Russia in the Ukraine situation.
The poll, conducted by YouGov, found that 42 percent of Americans surveyed said that the U.S. should send financial aid to Ukraine, compared to 24 percent who said it was a bad idea and 34 percent who said that they were unsure.
Fifty-five percent of Americans said that they were against sending U.S. troops in to fight Russian soldiers in the event of an incursion in Ukraine. Only 13 percent of those surveyed thought it was a good idea.
Thirty-four percent of Americans disapprove of U.S. troops going to Ukraine to assist but not fight the Russians if an invasion would occur. Thirty-three percent support the idea and 33 percent are unsure of their position.
Related information from 2021: Half of Americans Support Use of US Troops in Defense of Ukraine | Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
It’s possible that something similar can be seen in other countries as well.
What does this mean for Ukrainians?
1. This means that Ukrainians have to rely on the strength of their own society and on their own military being thankful for the help they already received and continue receiving from the US, Canada, European Union, Turkey and others.
2. This means than Ukrainians Worldwide have to be more proactive in educating societies abroad. They have to show people around the world how important sovereign Ukraine is for them and to convince them that if Ukraine fell under Russia, Russians will knock on their doors in Europe, in Americas, in Asia…
3. Ukrainian Diaspora has to be more proactive in putting pressure on governments of countries where they live and work for generations.