Thursday 25 April 2024 - 09:39

Poll: Most Americans Believe US Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Supporting Foreign Partners

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Poll: Most Americans Believe US Wasting Taxpayer Dollars on Supporting Foreign Partners
Some 57% of respondents said the US government is spending “too much” on foreign aid, according to a survey of 1,126 likely voters conducted on April 16-18.

President Joe Biden signed a new $95 billion funding package on Wednesday, under which Ukraine is slated to receive $48 billion in weapons and other assistance, while another $23 billion will be used to replenish the Pentagon’s depleted stocks.

Even before the latest aid cleared procedural hurdles, some 47% said it was “too much”, while around 20% wanted Washington to spend even more.

As for US aid to Israel, 49% of respondents said the $14 billion intended for the country under the new package was either “about right” or “not enough".

According to the Monmouth University poll, just more than 40 percent of Americans approve of the sizable foreign aid package signed into law Wednesday, according to a new poll, stressing a divide in opinion on the $95 billion expenditure.

The Monmouth University survey found that 43 percent of Americans support the bill, while 35 percent oppose it, with a sizable partisan divide over whether the US should support allies in conflicts abroad.

A majority of Democrats, 65 percent, support the package, while only 36 percent of independents and 30 percent of Republicans back it.

A CBS News/YouGov survey conducted earlier this month also showed waning public support for arming Kiev. Just 53% of US adults believe the government should give military aid to Ukraine, down from 72% two years ago.

Support for Ukraine aid was highest (72%) among Americans who believe the US has a “responsibility to promote democracy” across the world.

Among those who see no such obligation, only 28% believe Washington should give military aid to Ukraine.