American support for sanctions against Russia remains strong



Americans have marginally strengthened their resolve on economic sanctions against Russia over the last week, with most Democrats and Republicans approving of the financial penalties in response to Russia invading Ukraine.

In the latest Economist/YouGov poll, nearly two-thirds of U.S. adult citizens (64%) approve of the U.S. government’s economic sanctions against Russia. Within that group, 46% of Americans ‘strongly approve’ of the sanctions, up from 40% last week. Democrats were especially likely to increase their strong approval over the last week (49% last week, 59% this week).

The economic sanctions — which the U.S. enacted alongside other European allies — have greatly restricted Russia’s access to the global market and caused prices to rise for Russian citizens. The U.S. is also expected to see some economic challenges from the sanctions, including rising gas prices. 

While most Americans (58%) are very or somewhat concerned about the negative effects that the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. might have on the Russian people, they are much more concerned about how they will impact the American people (75%).

Kathy Frankovic, Taylor Orth, and Carl Bialik contributed to this article

See the toplines and crosstabs from this Economist/YouGov Poll

Methodology: The Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 U.S. adult citizens interviewed online between March 5 – 8, 2022. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the 2018 American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as 2016 and 2020 Presidential votes (or non-votes). Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all U.S. citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3% for the overall sample. 

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