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62% of Americans think Putin WOULDN’T have invaded Ukraine if Trump were president, poll claims

62% of Americans think Putin WOULDN’T have invaded Ukraine if Trump were president, poll claims – and 59% say Biden’s weakness made Russia decide to declare war

  • A recent survey revealed that 62 percent of Americans polled felt that Putin would not invade Ukraine if Trump was still in office 
  • A total of 38 percent of Democrats agreed that Trump would have held Putin back, with a whopping 85 percent of GOP voters agreeing
  • A total of 38 percent of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, believed that Putin would have invaded Ukraine regardless of who was president 
  • Another 59 percent of Americans polled believed that the Russian president moved on it’s neighboring country because Putin saw weakness in Biden 
  • Another 41 percent said that the person sitting in office did not play not a factor in Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine 
  • The survey, which was conducted between February 23 and 24, included 2,026 registered voters 


Close to two thirds of Americans believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if Trump were still president, according to a new survey released Friday.  

A recent Harvard Center for American Political Studies-Harris Poll survey revealed that 62 percent of those Americans polled felt that Putin would not be launching an offense against Ukraine if Trump, rather than incumbent President Joe Biden, was still in office. Broken down, 39 percent of Democrats and 85 percent of Republicans believe that Trump would have made Putin think twice about launching the war. 

Meanwhile, 59 percent of Americans said it was Biden’s perceived weakness that had prompted Putin to launch the bold attack in the first place, The Hill reported of the survey.

However, a total of 38 percent of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, believed that Putin would have invaded Ukraine regardless of who was president.  

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation on the recognition of independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

Former US President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he walks off after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas on July 11, 2021

Former US President Donald Trump pumps his fist as he walks off after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas on July 11, 2021

Smoke and flames rise over during the shelling in Kyiv, as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine on February 26, 2022

Smoke and flames rise over during the shelling in Kyiv, as Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine on February 26, 2022

Another 41 percent said that the person sitting in office did not play not a factor in Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. 

While President Biden has expressed solidarity with Ukraine and has strongly condemned the Kremlin for what he called ‘unprovoked and unjustified attack,’ the US has yet to do anything more than imposing sanctions on Russian financial institutions, Russian elites and their family members.

On Friday night, the White House announced $350 million in military assistance to Ukraine. It also offered to evacuate Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, who is being hunted by Putin’s kill squads, but he has vowed to stay in Kyiv and fight on. 

Among those sanctioned by the US is Putin himself, the White House confirmed Friday.

Pictured: early morning 26 Feb 2022 fights at the Peremohy (Pobeda) avenue in Kyiv, Ukraine

Pictured: early morning 26 Feb 2022 fights at the Peremohy (Pobeda) avenue in Kyiv, Ukraine

Fierce fighting erupts in capital after transport plane carrying '150 Russian paratroopers' was shot down

Fierce fighting erupts in capital after transport plane carrying ‘150 Russian paratroopers’ was shot down

However, Biden has failed to overtly make the call to remove Russia from the SWIFT international banking system, despite appeals from Ukrainian officials and some US lawmakers. 

The survey results come as Biden continues to suffer dismal approval ratings, having  had to navigate several other major tests for a newly-elected president, including a chaotic evacuation of US troops from Afghanistan and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The survey, which was conducted between February 23 and 24, included 2,026 registered voters. 

However, the poll is weighted to reflect a known percentage of larger demographics.

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