A poll conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals a startling number of Americans on both sides of the political aisle support military action against Russia in Ukraine – even if it means nuclear war.
This survey offers a variety of scenarios for how the United States might react or intervene in the event of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Eighty five percent of respondents support maintaining strict economic sanctions on Russia. While 77 percent support military presence in NATO’s surrounding nations, and 69 per cent support welcoming Ukrainian refugees, only 82 percent are against.
The only thing that Americans don’t support is military action with a threat of nuclear warfare, although it still represents a significant majority considering all the possible consequences.
Over a third (35%) of Americans say they would favor military action “even if it risks a nuclear conflict with Russia.”
Over One-Third of Americans Say They Would Risk Nuclear War With Russia Over Ukrainehttps://t.co/xOvj3XRGRv
— Cassandra MacDonald (@CassandraRules) March 16, 2022
Reported by Marco Rubio: Marco Rubio Warns that a No-Fly Zone for Ukraine is a Warning Sign Of World War III
Broken down by party, almost equal numbers of Republicans AND Democrats back military action that could result in a nuclear response.
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This poll is being conducted as some lawmakers call for Ukraine to be a no fly zone. If Ukraine were to become a direct conflict area with Russia, the poll will not take place.
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), explained that a “no-fly” zone could cause direct conflict between the nuclear powers.
“It would be World War III,” she said. “And I don’t think that’s in the best interest of NATO, our partners and allies and friends.”
Over a third of Americans according to the Pew Research Survey believe that’s a risk they’re willing to take.
Marco Rubio, Senator of Florida on the implementation of a no-fly area over Ukraine
“It means starting World War III.” pic.twitter.com/gR8EATYXGk
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 6, 2022
RELATED: Prominent Russian Journalist Quits, Says She Fears ‘We’re On The Brink Of A Nuclear War’
At the Brink
Russian President Vladimir Putin, early on in the military invasion of Ukraine, ordered Russia’s “deterrence forces” – which wield nuclear weapons – on high alert.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this week told reporters, “The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility.”
#UKRAINEBreaking UNCHIEF🚨👇 #NuclearConflict
“Raising the alert level of Russian nuclear forces is a bone-chilling development.”
“The prospect of nuclear conflict, once unthinkable, is now back within the realm of possibility.”@CBSNews// UnitedNations pic.twitter.com/a0HWyuBR4g
— Pamela Falk United Nations (@PamelaFalk) March 14, 2022
Maria Baronova, a prominent Russian journalist who quit her state-TV job, said she fears the world is “on the brink of a nuclear war.”
“I know these people very well. They don’t send threats; they simply kill. [a] weird silence around me, but I really think we’re on the brink of a nuclear war right now,” she said in an interview with Fox News Digital.
She added, “I’m not exaggerating.”
Maria Baronova fears ‘we’re on the brink of a nuclear war’ after quitting job with Russian state-run media.
“I wouldn’t lose my salary and job if I was sure that we are going to be alive for many years…”https://t.co/fqNTcDRYs1 #FoxNews
— 😎Shady😎Lady😎 (@OregonMountains) March 8, 2022
The Pew survey notes that more Americans approve of President Biden’s handling of the Russian invasion of Ukraine than disapprove (47-39%), even as his overall job approval is under water (43% approve, 55% disapprove).
42% of Americans believe the U.S. should support Ukraine more, and only 7% think it provides too much.
Volodymyr Zilenskyy (Ukraine President) suggested in an interview that World War III could have begun.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks exclusively with NBC News’ Lester Holt about negotiations with Russia, President Biden’s concern about World War III, and more.
“It may have already started,” Zelenskyy says. pic.twitter.com/xbfJSbd6Lo
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) March 17, 2022
“Nobody knows whether it may have already started. What is the likelihood of war with Ukraine if it falls? It’s very hard to say,” Zelenskyy said.
He added that the outcome of this war puts the “whole civilization at stake.”