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Putin Would Not Have Moved Against Ukraine If Trump Were Still President, Say 62 Percent of Americans Polled

Putin Would Not Have Moved Against Ukraine If Trump Were Still President, Say 62 Percent of Americans Polled

Polling “shows Americans rallying around the flag, but not the president. Majorities support sanctions/see Russia as an enemy, but Biden approval on handling of Russia invasion underwater,” said Cook Political’s Amy Walter.

While President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been tanking for months now, fresh numbers on his handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine may be the most devastating of his presidency to date.

According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, Biden gets just 33% approval on the issue, while nearly 50% believe Biden has made America look weaker on a world stage:

A Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 33 percent of Americans say they approve of the president’s handling of the Russia-Ukraine situation, while 47 percent say they disapprove and 20 percent say they have no opinion.

Close to half of Americans polled — 48 percent — also said that they believed America’s leadership in the world had gotten weaker under Biden. Meanwhile, 23 percent said they believed it had gotten stronger and 26 percent said they believed it had stayed the same.

Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter did a deeper dive into the numbers and found that while Americans were sympathetic to Ukraine’s plight and did view Russia as the enemy, the “rally around the flag” effect did not extend to their feelings about Joe Biden:

Perhaps even more devastating for Biden will be finding out that former President Trump, who Biden has relentlessly demonized as an inept leader and a “danger to democracy,” actually gets better marks than Biden himself on this issue, with results from another poll revealing that a comfortable majority of Americans believe that if Trump was still president Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine. Further, most believe that the invasion happened because Russia’s president viewed Biden as weak:

A new Harvard Center for American Political Studies (CAPS)-Harris Poll survey released Friday found that 62 percent of those polled believed Putin would not be moving against Ukraine if Trump had been president. When looking strictly at the answers of Democrats and Republicans, 85 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats answered this way.

However, 38 percent of all Americans polled believed that Putin would have invaded Ukraine even if Trump had been president.

A majority of Americans polled — 59 percent — also said they believed that the Russian president moved on Ukraine because Putin saw weakness in President Biden, while 41 percent said that it was not a factor in Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

Those numbers will also come as a big shock to prominent Democrats like Hillary Clinton and their apologists in the mainstream press, all of whom over the last couple of weeks have been trying to pin Biden’s failures on the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Trump.

Putting these numbers in perspective, between this and Biden’s catastrophic handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, his inability to unite his own party let alone the country, and his ineffectiveness on being able to bring both parties together in Washington, D.C. to get things done, Biden has not delivered on three key campaign promises he made when he was running for president:

1) He’s not a uniter.
2) He’s not a nation-healer.
3) He way oversold his foreign policy cred, as evidenced by his handling of Afghanistan and the Russia/Ukraine conflict as well as by how many people in this country now view him as making the United States look feckless and weak internationally.

In the weeks ahead, expect to see clips and quotes like these get some major attention as Republicans seek to capitalize on Biden’s multitude of self-inflicted disasters headed not just into next Tuesday’s State of the Union address but also into the 2022 midterm elections:

Just a failure on so many levels. And to think we’re barely past the first year of his presidency.

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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62 percent. That leaves 38 percent.

It’s hard to face it, but those 38 percent run our nation.

    Trump was open to speech, in Ukraine, North Korea, China, Afghanistan, etc., and thereby created an environment where special, peculiar, and common interests could be discussed and reconciled. He didn’t indulge in blood libels and allegations that are common in the modern model of politics and diplomacy, which breed adversity, render good faith engagement nonviable, and necessarily abort communication. We have few enemies, but a world of competing interests.

      Trump also wasn’t bribed and compromised by just about every hostile power in the world, like Biden and Clinton have been, and to a slightly lessor extent: Pelosi, McConnell and John Kerry.

      Americans don’t run America.

        Juris Doctor in reply to MattMusson. | February 26, 2022 at 7:29 pm

        Sundance is not a serious or credible source. Too heavy on the tinfoil hat and the unfounded suppositions.

          Theres certain topics he’s been well out ahead of but he does seem to have some deep ideological blinders when it comes to Russian motivations/actions. He was absolutely certain that Russia would not invade and that the whole thing was a production. I think he’s reading something into that times piece that isn’t necessarily there.

          Still, part of me doesn’t think that this accusation is beyond possibilty, just very poorly supported.

          You don’t regularly read his site, just like people who hated Rush did not listen enough to get him. I’m not claiming Sundance is right 100 percent of the time, but “not serious or credible” is an unfair assessment.

          The Conservative Treehouse has rebranded to the Last Refuge, so apparently, even they recognize some kind of problem with the original brand. I don’t think it’s unfair for others to notice it, too.

      That is an incisive point. The West has blinded itself with misguided and arrogant moralizing when it engages in negotiations. Everything is foolishly based on the assumption that it’s all one big misunderstanding. That is so wrong. By the time we get to the negotiating stage, everyone understands each other and knows what they want to discuss. WE are the ones who don’t understand.

      The world doesn’t sort itself out based on morality or mythical visions but on shared vs competing interests. Our differences are based economic and geographical fundamentals which we try to negotiate in lieu of war. Moral societies have proven to be stronger than immoral societies and so the cream rises to the top.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to | February 26, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    That, or, some of that 37% are Trump supporters but still think the invasion would have happened.

    100% of Putins agree.

Russia was invited as peacekeepers following 32 trimesters of unreconciled differences and violence between Kiev, outliers, and several provinces following the violent Western-backed coup in 2014. As with similar UN duties, the red line was set at attacking the troops and assaulting the people under their oversight. Hopefully, their campaign will fare better than diverse international precedents set under national and international authority.

Should be 98% by now, what stupid f-k’s

I believe it was Kamala Harris that told Willie Brown “Erections have consequences” and here we are.

Resident Biden deserves to have his nose “rubbed in it”. Joe is a coward among cowards, the vile shedding of a life consumed in government detritus.

Love to see JoJo b tch slapped by Sarah Palin… or better yet, his daughter from the DOKTOR.

Depravity is as depravity does. Hard to imagine that JoJo did not nominate Marilyn Mosby as his idea for a supreme black, female, legal mind.

Biden’s policies have embossed Putin CI and the Iranians

Anyone seen 10% China Joe recently?

I’m no longer shadow banned yay

What America forgot was that before you can go toe-to-toe with Putin, you have to be able to identify and locate your toes.

“Joe Biden in 2019: “Imagine what can happen in Ukraine” if Trump is reelected.”

New IngSoc lyrics:
The classic Lennon tune now begins with, “Imagine no elections…”

    Fatkins in reply to henrybowman. | February 28, 2022 at 4:58 am

    Yeah fortunately not everyone is obsessed with the idea of starting a massive war. A sense of restraint and intelligence when dealing with a nuclear power. It’s ironic that the commentary on the site proves the exact opposite is true when it comes to Biden. What exactly would Trump have done differently? Be real he wouldn’t have done anything provided he had any capacity for thought at all.