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Poll: Americans overwhelmingly oppose U.S. troops on the ground in Russia-Ukraine conflict

The poll suggests that Americans feel very differently about a potential conflict between China and Taiwan

Anti-war protesters at WH demand no war with Russia over the Ukraine crisis
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February 22, 2022 3:00pm

Updated: February 23, 2022 1:42pm

A vast majority of U.S. voters believe the country should be very hesitant to use American troops in a Russia-Ukraine conflict, according to a new poll from the Trafalgar Group in conjunction with Convention of States Action.

In total, 84.8% of responded agree with the statement that the U.S. should limit its involvement in the conflict by avoiding providing so-called boots-on-the ground troops.

About 31% of Americans believe the U.S. should provide supplies and military weapons, and 30.5% believe the U.S. should only provide diplomatic pressure.

Just over 23% of those polled said the U.S. should provide military advisers to Ukraine. Only 15.3% of those polled said that U.S. troops should be provided to help quell the foreign conflict.

The poll was conducted from Jan. 12-14 among 1081 likely General Election voters with a 2.98% margin of error.

The poll also asked Americans how they felt about U.S. intervention in a potential conflict between China and Taiwan, to which responses varied significantly.

Fifty-eight (58) percent of voters believe the "Biden administration should use U.S. military assets to defend Taiwan if Taiwan is invaded by China." About 42% believe the U.S. should avoid materially participating in that potential conflict as well.

Numbers when the poll is divided into Democrats, Republicans, and Independents remain fairly consistent (within several points of one another) painting a picture of relative uniformity on this political question.

"Voters in all parties stand squarely behind a U.S. military defense of a free and democratic Taiwan, even though that comes with great risk – and potentially a high cost to our nation – against the growing threat from China," said Mark Meckler, the President of Convention of States Action.

"Conversely, while voters clearly sympathize with Ukraine and support assisting them through diplomacy and other means, there is no support for U.S. military intervention should a conflict arise with Russia. The Biden Administration should take note."