The enthusiasm of U.S. voters about Ukraine joining NATO has slowed down, with more and more getting opposed, as evidenced by political polling offered by Redfield & Wilton Strategies for Newsweek.
In July, the support for Ukraine joining NATO went down to 47% compared to 55% in April, while only 23% are “strongly” backing this and 29% remain indifferent. The proportion of those opposing Ukrainian membership of NATO grew up to 16%, with 6% “strongly opposing” the move.
At the Vilnius summit, the North Atlantic Alliance agreed to provide Kyiv with security guarantees, declaring that its future laid with the alliance, but did not offer a clear pathway or a roadmap to membership, Newsweek writes.
Meanwhile, three months ago, just over half (55%) of polled Americans said that Kyiv should join the alliance; 30% “strongly” supported the idea, 26% were indifferent and 10% opposed it. More than half (56%) agreed that protecting Ukraine was “vital” to U.S. national interests.
In addition, the latest survey carried by Redfield & Wilton Strategies asked Americans about timelines of Ukrainian admission to the alliance. More than a quarter of respondents (26%) said that Kyiv should join the alliance immediately, 37% said after the conflict and 12% were sure that Ukraine should never join NATO.
Americans were also asked if they supported the idea of deploying U.S. military forces in Ukraine and almost a third (31%) supported the move, while approximately the same proportion (34%) were opposed, Newsweek reports.
In fact, there’s still dispute over what forced Washington to get involved in the conflict so zealously, having committed more than $66 billion in aid to Ukraine – that at least more than the United States have distributed in aid to any other country since the World War II, according to The Washington Post (including $43 billion in military aid, $20.5 billion in economic aid and $2.6 billion in humanitarian aid). Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican presidential candidate (the presidential elections to be held on November 5, 2024), implied that the U.S. involvement in the Ukrainian conflict may be because of Hunter Biden, as reported by NBC. He suggests that Washington’s participation may be compensation for a private bribe of $5 million to the son of President Joe Biden from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
“The purpose of the U.S. military [is] to advance American interests, to protect the homeland. Not to aimlessly fight some random war that’s arguably a repayment for a private bribe that a family member of the United States received, $5 million,” Ramaswamy said, speaking at a campaign event in Iowa. “Was the payment to Hunter Biden corrupt? Absolutely it was. Do I think that it has some relationship towards our posture toward Ukraine? I think it’s likely that it does.”
The United States House of Representatives is now busy checking foreign business connections and schemes of lawyer and businessman Hunter Biden and the extent of his father’s involvement in them. Indeed, some insiders say Joe Biden, Vice President at that time, may also be involved in that bribe.
Meanwhile, the White House continues to deny that the current United States President could somehow participate in his son’s business relations, NBC reports.