Majority Of Americans Think Protecting Economy—Not Sanctioning Russia—Should Be Country’s Top Priority, Poll Finds

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More than half of Americans now believe the country’s top priority should be staving off damage to the economy rather than punishing Russia for invading Ukraine, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, as soaring costs and inflation amid the ongoing war prompt a reassessment of priorities.

A slim majority of Americans think the country’s priority should be protecting the economy.

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Key Facts

A marginal majority of Americans—51%—believe the country’s top priority should be limiting damage to the U.S. economy rather than sanctioning Russia, according to the poll of 1,172 adults conducted between May 12 to May 16.

A significant minority—45%—of the adults polled think the nation’s biggest priority should be sanctioning Russia as effectively as possible for its invasion of Ukraine, even if it comes at the expense of the U.S. economy.

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