The following is an excerpt from Gallup News.
Before the invasion of Ukraine, amid rising tensions between Russia and the West, 52% of Americans saw the conflict between Russia and Ukraine as a critical threat to U.S. vital interests.
That's a change from 2015, after Russia annexed the Crimea peninsula of Ukraine, when less than half of U.S. adults, 44%, said Russia posed that serious of a threat.
Republicans and Democrats are united in their negative views of Russia with 88% of both groups holding an unfavorable view of the country, compared to 82% of independents.
In 2021, Republicans and independents were equally likely to view the country negatively, with 74% of each group expressing unfavorable views, and 84% of Democrats holding a negative view.
Overall, as President Joe Biden works with NATO allies to address the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Americans are split on how well the mutual defense pact is doing its job. Forty-eight percent (48%) say it is doing a good job, while 45% say it is doing a poor job.
Prior to the escalation of the Russia-Ukraine situation this past week, Americans were not convinced that Biden was in command of the situation with just 36% approving of how he is handling relations with Russia. That's even lower than Biden's overall job approval of 41% in the same poll, and reflects fewer than two-thirds of Biden's fellow Democrats approving (64%), along with a third of independents (35%) and 11% of Republicans.
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