May 2, 2014

Americans want to steer clear of Ukraine crisis

By Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center

Special to CNN

As the crisis in Ukraine deepens, Americans back the kind of economic sanctions against Russia recently announced by the Obama administration. But even as allegations mount of covert Russian intervention in Ukraine, a war-weary American public doesn’t back getting tougher on Moscow. There is no appetite for significant military involvement in a region that few see as very important to U.S. interests. And even conservative Republicans oppose military assistance to Kiev, while Tea Party adherents are divided over the issue.

Yet, as with so many issues in Washington today, strong partisan differences are clear when it comes to whether President Obama is handling the crisis “about right” or is not being tough enough, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Read more at CNN’s Global Public Square blog