Americans Connect Ukraine to Fight for Global Democracy

Our team recently researched Americans’ current attitudes towards the Russian-Ukraine conflict and its impact on American democracy. Our findings demonstrate broad support for Ukraine across party lines and a widely held view that the Russia-Ukraine conflict is part of a broader fight for global democracy.

Key Takeaways:

1. Americans overwhelmingly view the conflict as a broader fight for global democracy rather than solely a regional dispute.

Almost eight out of ten (78%) see it partly, if not entirely, as a fight for global democracy.

2. Support for Ukraine transcends political divides.

Statements made by President Biden, President Zelenskyy, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Mitt Romney received strong support from respondents on both sides of the aisle. Meanwhile, comments from former President Trump, radio talk show host Charlie Kirk, and FOX News host Tucker Carlson seeking to excuse or explain Putin’s behavior were overwhelmingly rejected.

Statements on Ukraine by Average Rating

3. Americans are united in advocating for more severe action toward Russia moving forward.

Almost three-quarters (74%) of Americans believe the U.S. has not acted severely enough in response to the Russian invasion.

Views on Severity of U.S. Response

4. Americans are split over the role of U.S. polarization in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Just under half (48%) believe that a less polarized America would have decreased the likelihood of a Russian invasion, while more than four out of ten (44%) believe it would have made no impact.


Our survey was conducted via P2P-to-online interviews from March 4 to March 6, 2022, among a random sample of 1,000 registered voters weighted by age, gender, and education for representation.

Click here to view our full analysis of the survey results.