A weekend CNN poll found 48% of respondents support President Barack Obama’s handling of the situation in Ukraine, compared to 43% who disapprove, while a majority endorses imposing sanctions on Russia.
However, the numbers did not affect Obama’s overall approval rating, which hovered at 43%, statistically unmoved from previous polls and slightly higher than his post-Obamacare rollout lows.
While 56% supported economic sanctions against Russia, 52% opposed economic aid to the Ukraine — which many observers believe is crucial for propping up the interim government to withstand pressure from Vladimir Putin — and even more oppose canceling the G8 summit in Sochi this summer. Three in four disapprove of sending military aid to Ukraine.
CNN found that the support for sanctions evaporated in the younger demographic, which opposed them. “It’s possible that generation gap is due to older Americans’ memories of the Soviet Union as the chief threat to the U.S.,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Many younger Americans may have no memory at all of the Cold War and most of those under the age of 25 were not even born when the Soviet Union collapsed.”
Almost no support was found for any form of U.S. military intervention.
[Image via Pete Souza / White House]
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