The majority of Americans support the oil ban in Russia

Outraged Americans overwhelmingly support the US import ban Russian oil to Moscow invasion of Ukraine and would support military intervention if Russia attacks a neighboring NATO country, a new poll released Monday found.

Almost three-quarters of adults (71 percent) said they would support a ban on Russian oil and other energy products – even if it meant higher prices at the pump Quinnipiac University survey revealed.

Only 22 percent of respondents spoke out against it, the rest had no opinion.

“Americans stand ready to get a grip on Russia’s main financial lifeblood, oil, no matter what the consequences at the pump,” said Tim Malloy, polling analyst at Quinnipiac.

Meanwhile, 79 percent of adults said they would support a military response if Russia’s president becomes president Wladimir Putin extended its attack beyond Ukraine and attacked a neighboring country that is part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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A map of Russian attacks on Ukraine as of Monday March 7, 2022.
Protest against the war in Ukraine
A Quinnipiac University poll found that 71 percent of Americans support a ban on Russian oil imports.
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79 percent of respondents support a military response if Russia attacks a NATO country.
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NATO countries in Eastern Europe include Poland, Romania, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia – all of which fell under Moscow’s influence during the Cold War.

A majority of Americans want that too President Biden more to do to stem Russian aggression, with 56 percent of respondents saying the steps the White House has taken so far aren’t tough enough. In contrast, only 30 percent say they’re about right and just 3 percent say they’re too harsh, while the rest are undecided.

Overall, Americans were divided over Biden’s handling of the invasion, with 42 percent agreeing with his response and 45 percent disapproving. The president’s overall approval rating was 38 percent in the Quinnipiac poll, with 51 percent disagreeing and 11 percent refusing to answer.

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Elsewhere, 60 percent of Americans say Putin is mentally unstable, and the same percentage say he would use nuclear weapons against a NATO country. A whopping 86 percent of Americans said they believe the Russian people have no say in their government’s actions, while just 11 percent believed they did.

Half of Americans compared Putin’s invasion of Ukraine to the Nazi annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of World War II. About a third – 31 percent – of those polled thought the Hitler comparison was too strong, while the remaining 18 percent had no opinion.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a household name in America for his bravery in taking a stand against Russia. The poll found that 64 percent of respondents had a positive opinion of him.

President Joe Biden
56 percent of respondents said President Joe Biden’s response to Russia wasn’t harsh enough.
Evelyn Hockstein
Wladimir Putin
60 percent of respondents say that Russian President Vladimir Putin is mentally unstable.
Protest against the war in Ukraine
80 percent of respondents support the admission of Ukrainian war refugees to the USA.

Nearly 80 percent of Americans supported admitting Ukrainian refugees to the United States, while only 15 percent said they opposed it.

The poll, conducted March 4-6, surveyed 1,371 adults. It has an error rate of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. The majority of Americans support the oil ban in Russia


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