A majority of American voters believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine had former President Trump still been in office, according to a new survey released on Friday.
A new Harvard Center for American Political Studies (CAPS)-Harris Poll survey released Friday found that 62 percent of those polled believed Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump had been president.
After the answers were analyzed, the results showed that 85 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats answered this way. 38 percent of all Americans polled believed that Putin would have invaded Ukraine even if Trump had been president.
Trump’s critics contend that the former president’s relationship with Putin was too friendly. Respondents said that Trump publicly called for Russia to be admitted to the G-7 and has repeatedly criticized Ukraine. They also said that the Biden administration has staunchly defended the independence of Ukraine.
The House votes twice to impeach Trump, the first time related to his opposition to providing Ukraine with military aid.
59% of Americans polled also said they believed that the Russian president moved on Ukraine because Putin saw weakness in President Biden, while 41 percent said that it was not a factor in Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.
Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine late Wednesday, President Biden condemned what he described as an “unprovoked and unjustified attack” and expressed solidarity with Ukraine. The U.S. has imposed sanctions on Russian financial institutions, Russian elites and their family members.
However, the U.S. has resisted calls to remove Russia from the SWIFT international banking system, despite appeals from Ukrainian officials and some U.S. lawmakers. The Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey was conducted between Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 with 2,026 registered voters.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
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