Bad News For Republicans: Poll Finds Voters Agree With Obama On Ukraine/Russia Crisis


A new Politico Poll has some bad news for Republicans bashing President Obama on the Ukraine/Russia crisis. Voters in 2014 battleground states agree with the president by a nearly 2 to 1 margin.


Here are some of the highlights from the Politico Poll:

· 17% called for the U.S. to do more to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine. 31% said the current policy is correct and 34% said the U.S. should be less involved.


o Note: The poll was completed before the downing last week of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, the civilian airliner that was apparently attacked by rocket fire over Eastern Ukraine.

· 67% believe that U.S. military actions should be “limited to direct threats to our national security.” Only 22% believe that as a “moral leader,” the U.S. “has a responsibility to use its military to protect democracy around the globe.”

· 77% support plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016. Only 23% oppose the plan.

· 44% favor less involvement in Iraq’s civil war, versus 19% who favor more involvement and 23% who say the current level of involvement is appropriate.

· A 51% majority said the situation in Iraq affects U.S. national security “a little” or “not at all.” 42% said it affects U.S. national security “a lot.”

· Likely voters prefer less involvement in Syria’s civil war over more involvement, 42% to 15%. 26% support the current, limited level of involvement.

The voters in battleground states agree with the president’s positions, but they disapprove of his foreign policy by a 39%-32% margin. This dynamic is similar to the polling on the ACA. People like what the ACA does, but they claim to dislike Obamacare. This behavior by voters is representative of the fact that Republicans have been successful in criticizing this president and creating a disconnect between support for the president and his policies.

The problem for Republicans is that their calls for more action against Russia are not sitting well with a war-weary electorate. Voters are expressing a loud disagreement with anything that hints at increased military involvement. It would be interesting to see how voters feel about Ukraine/Russia situation after the Malaysian Airliner was downed, but judging from their overall attitude on all military action abroad, it probably doesn’t do much to change their anti-interventionist attitude.

These numbers are awful for Republicans are hoping to make political hay out of what they call Obama’s failure in dealing with Russia. The reality is that the vast majority of voters agree with Obama on Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, and Russia. Voters still remember the Iraq war, and Republicans are still damaged by lying the country into invading Iraq. These numbers do suggest that the electorate may be quite sympathetic to Rand Paul’s foreign policy views, but those same views are likely to keep Sen. Paul from obtaining the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Voters in were only polled in states that featured competitive House and Senate races. The Senate states that were polled include Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia. House districts were polled from around the country.

If Republicans thought they were going to score political points based on Obama’s handling of Russia, they were wrong. Their position of more war and conflict will hurt them with voters in November if they continue down this path. Whether these voters realize it or not, they strongly agree with President Obama and the Democrats on foreign policy.

27 Replies to “Bad News For Republicans: Poll Finds Voters Agree With Obama On Ukraine/Russia Crisis”

  1. so thankful for our president. the polls say he is tanking but I bet that after November – his approval ratings will sky rocket. people are starting to see who the republicans truly are and it isn’t for “we the people”.

  2. I don’t particularly put a lot of stock in polls. I, for one have never been polled in my life. I haven’t had a land line in years, and I don’t know any one who does.

    I do know that this country is overwhelmingly sick and tired of war. That’s evident, and those who continually cry for more war are on the wrong side of history.

    People are more focused on employment, or the lack thereof. They are concerned about social issues. They want congress to do something, anything.

    Of course the repubs don’t hear, or care what america wants. They have an agenda of tax cuts for the wealthy. More war and confrontation in the world. Privatize everything, while stripping the poor and middle class.

    I am hoping that come November, not only will the Dems show up in force. But some of the registered repubs decide to part company with their party.

  3. It’s a pretty fair statement that while we REALLY don’t want Putin trying to Reconsititute the old Soviet Union, we’ve had enough of nukes pointed at us and would rather avoid a confrontation.

    Neocons, take note. You shot your wad in Iraq and Vietnam and FAILED! Lets tell our corporations to start hammering our swords into plowshares…its better for US!

  4. Obama hasn’t started a single war.
    Hasn’t tried to confiscate a single gun.
    Killed Osama bin Ladin.
    Got Syria to give up their chemical weapons without firing a single shot.
    ““OSLO Norway,,,,, (Oct. 9)2009 — President Barack Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision designed to encourage his initiatives to reduce nuclear arms, ease tensions with the Muslim world and stress diplomacy and cooperation rather than unilateralism.
    Many observers were shocked by the unexpected choice so early in the Obama presidency, which began less than two weeks before the Feb. 1 nomination deadline and has yet to yield concrete achievements in peacemaking
    “He got the prize because he has been able to change the international climate,” Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland””

  5. Although it has been very disturbing to see what Republicans have been attempting to do to America, I am glad that they finally decided to let it all hang out and show their true intentions to everyone.

    The right used to operate more or less in the dark, not letting their true agenda see the light of day, but they have, IMO, seriously misjudged the majority of Americans and will finally be rejected for who they really are.

    I have been hoping that the country would see the light since the days of Reagan, but it has taken a lot longer than I thought it would. I guess we’ll see how Americans feel in November, I hope things go the way I think they will.

  6. I wish there was an alternate USA where we could watch what Romney would do with the policy of war. He insisted in the middle east under him that nothing would happen that he didnt allow. That indicates eternal war in the ME for control. Pushed by the war hawks and fundamentalists Romney would be killing your children off at prodigious rates. Your seniors and babys would be dying under VP Ryan. Your jobs would pay so low that you would beg to work for “pennies”.

    The people of the gop never think of what the alternative would have been. They dodged a bullet

  7. I have, in some dark dream, seen it.

    It was in a period between the election, where Romney won, and the inauguration. My background knowledge was that there was already a forceful “transition”, and that laws were being enforced, or not enforced, accordingly. As I walked my dog on our usual country lane, several redneck types stepped out of the woods. The leader of them, a small, very muscular man, stabbed my dog to death with a Bowie type knife and began to cut my throat with it. My thought, as I woke from this dream of dying, was that such crimes were being tacitly allowed and given free rein to “condition” the public for whatever was to come.

    I am not young and not fearful for myself. From here on, I can’t be cheated of much life. But I am fearful for my country,my planet, and the generations to come if these factions gain the complete control they desire.

  8. I always figured once I was over 60 they could take me at any time and my life wouldnt be lost. But the rest of America shouldnt be lost for insanity

  9. Major success in Obama’s Iran Policy; No one notices
    Iran has turned all of its enriched uranium closest to the level needed to make nuclear arms into more harmless forms, the UN nuclear agency says.
    The conversion of its stock of 20%-enriched uranium was part of a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programme.

    The US said last week it would unblock $2.8bn in frozen Iranian funds in return for Iran’s compliance.

    A four-month extension to talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions was agreed on Friday between Iran and world powers.

    This is a BFD and no one in the village is talking about it.

  10. We would have troops on the ground everywhere, the DOW would be taking another nosedive and every country would hate us again and be trying to stop us.

  11. Valerie Martin ‏@WILLDYE4U 7m

    In light of how the victims of MH17 are being handled, I wonder, does GOP still LOVE them some Putin? Is he still “What you call a Leader”??


  12. You are exactly right. It is a BFD, but not sexy enough for CNN or MSNBC or network news. They’d rather focus on a 40-ish% approval rating.

    Your comment is a prime example why I look for news content from more independent sources. Wish more people did as well

  13. And isn’t it a bit disconcerting to see a lot of the American PUTIN lovers expressing their admiration at that man who is cold as steel and could give a dayuum about them, who allows his surrogates to stomp all over the crash site like stampeding herds. And handling the bodies without much dignity. And to boot they were the ones who shot the plane down. And these sick thinking Americans fawn over Putin—JUST BECAUSE they don’t like the black guy in the White House. Say it ain’t so, BUT IT IS!

  14. BAD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS: Majority of people polled vote Obama as worst president since WWII, and his approval rating continues to plummet. OOOPS.

  15. LOL, this is why republicans cant win. The poll was taken of only people who voted AGAINST Obama. Not the general public! Jesus, where do they come from?


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    Bad news for the American Taliban, You lost the last election and if not gerrymanding lily white district you also lost the most votes for Congress

  17. Please, keep believing these polls like you believed those skewed RW polls in 2012 that showed Romney would be POTUS #45, and the GOPTP will be in for another big surprise in November.

  18. The media doesn’t cover President Obama’s successes, of which there are many. The media is as bad as the GOP. Our President has done so many good things, even with one hand tied behind his back, because of the GOP assclowns.

  19. I would have no problem going to war with Israel AND Palestine. They want war? Lets show them the holy grail

  20. Rumour there is 100% support that Old Man McCain and his girlfriend Lindsay together with their Mistress Palin and:

    STFU, go away — far, far away – and drop dead.

    Ding, Dong, the w(b)itches are dead!!

    Yahoo! Yippee! Rah! Rah!!!

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