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President Biden promised the U.S. would be making sacrifices 'as long as it takes' for Ukraine, but a new poll shows public appetite for unchecked support is waning.
Polling conducted by YouGov shows that 40 percent of Americans think the U.S. should be less involved in conflicts abroad, 12 percent think the U.S. should be more involved and 31 percent think involvement should stay about the same.
Asked what Biden's main priority should be right now, 53 percent said lowering inflation or fixing the energy crisis, 8 percent said ensuring a defeat of Russia in Ukraine.
Forty-six percent said that they oppose the U.S. becoming directly involved in combat in Ukraine, 21 percent neither support nor oppose and 23 percent support the U.S. becoming militarily involved, according to the poll, obtained first by the Washington Examiner.
Biden has promised not to put boots on the ground in Ukraine.
Forty-four percent of respondents said they did not approve of Biden's handling of the war in Ukraine, 36 percent said they approve.
YouGov sampled 1,000 people from June 23 to June 29.
The U.S. has given almost $60 billion to Ukraine since the Russian invasion - $5.5 billion from the Biden administration, and $54 billion authorized by Congress. That figure does not include the tens of billions worth of American weapons and equipment transferred to Ukraine.
Concerns have mounted in Congress about the Pentagon's ability to monitor the sudden influx of cash for Ukraine and to track the thousands of U.S. weapons headed to the nation.
U.S. and European Union sanctions have driven up fuel and energy prices the world over - after breaching $5 a gallon for the first time ever, prices slinked back down to $4.84 as of Friday.
Inflation has also reached a 40-year high at 8.6 percent with prices surging while the Ukraine war has also compounded food shortages and made grocery shopping more expensive.
Meanwhile, Russia has refocused its efforts on Ukraine's eastern Donbas region. Vladimir Putin said this week there is 'no use in setting an end date” to what he calls the 'special military operation in Ukraine.' Neither Russia nor Ukraine are likely to want to come to the negotiating table and make concessions any time soon.
During a Thursday press conference in Madrid, Biden was repeatedly pressed about how long sanctions against Russia and the subsequent sticker shock on products in the U.S. will last.
'How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?' one reporter asked.
A majority of Americans want Biden's primary focus to be rising U.S. prices. Only 8 percent want his main focus to be on Ukraine
'As long as it takes so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine. This is a critical, critical position for