A substantial share of Democrats and Republicans alike are willing to risk nuclear annihilation over Ukraine
FILE PHOTO: An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operation test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, February 23, 2021 © AP / US Army Space and Missile Defense Command
A Pew research poll published on Tuesday found that while only around half of Americans consider the conflict in Ukraine a threat to US interests, more than a third would support American intervention, even if it risked full-on nuclear war with Russia. Democrats and Republicans were equally likely to consider the risk worthwhile.
According to the poll, 62% of Americans said that they would oppose “taking military action even if it risks a nuclear conflict with Russia.” However, 35% said they’d still support military action. Results were almost equal on either side of the partisan divide, with 36% of Republicans and 35% of Democrats willing to risk atomic war with the nation with the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear warheads.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as US lawmakers from both parties, have called on the US and NATO to implement a “no-fly zone” over Ukraine. Such a move would see NATO forces commit to shooting down Russian aircraft over the country, and would likely be considered an act of war by Moscow.