Most Americans Think Russia Paying 'Too Weak' a Price for Ukraine Invasion

A majority of Americans believe that Russia hasn't faced harsh enough consequences for its invasion of Ukraine last month, according to a new poll.

The latest findings come as Russia's war against Ukraine nears its fifth week—and after Western nations, including the U.S., have moved to impose economic sanctions on the Russian economy and elite.

Released by NewsNation and Decision Desk HQ on Thursday, the survey prompted respondents by pointing out that last month "President Biden said that Russia will end up 'paying a price' for its invasion of Ukraine." It then asked how they believe that price has been so far.

Over 59 percent of Americans said they believe the price has been "too weak" while roughly 29 percent said it's been "about right." Additionally, 12 percent of respondents said they believe the price Russia has paid has been "too heavy."

In the days following Russia's invasion, Western nations moved to punish the country. In February, Biden announced that the U.S. had sanctioned Russia, targeting major banks, members of the Russian elite, and restricting the country's ability to import certain goods from the U.S.

Biden is currently on a visit to Europe and is expected to announce a new round of sanctions and military aid against Russia on Thursday.

The new poll also found that in general, 41 percent of Americans believe the U.S. has done "too little" to help Ukraine, while more than 45 percent said "just enough" and 13 percent replied "too much."

The survey also asked respondents whether they would favor deploying U.S. troops to the conflict if stronger economic sanctions don't stop Russia's actions in Ukraine. Over 15 percent of respondents said they would strongly favor deploying U.S. troops in this case, while nearly 27 percent said they would "somewhat favor" this. But about 60 percent of respondents said they would somewhat or strongly oppose sending U.S. troops to the conflict.

Many Americans also said they would support a U.S.-enforced "no-fly zone" over Ukraine. More than 68 percent of respondents said they would somewhat or strongly approve of a no-fly zone, while nearly 32 percent said they would somewhat or strongly disapprove.

Americans Think Russia Paying 'Too Weak' Price
More than 59 percent of Americans say Russia has paid "too weak" of a price for its invasion of Ukraine. Above, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a concert on March 18, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. Contributor

But when the poll pointed out that some have argued a no-fly zone "would result in NATO entering a war with Russia," the number of people who said they would approve of it dropped. After this prompt, only 52 percent of Americans said they would back a no-fly zone.

Western officials and other experts have warned that enforcing a no-fly zone and shooting down Russian planes would cause a war with Russia. NATO has said it won't police a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Asked about the matter earlier this month, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. has a responsibility to "ensure that the war doesn't spill over even beyond Ukraine."

The NewsNation and Decision Desk HQ poll surveyed 1,086 registered voters on Monday and Tuesday.