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ECU survey shows NC support of U.S. sanctions against Russia

Morris, Jonathan

A survey done by the Center for Survey Research at East Carolina University shows that most North Carolinians support U.S. sanctions against Russia. PRE’s Meredith Radford has more on the survey’s findings.

Around two-thirds of North Carolinians think the United States should assist Ukraine with military weapons and ammunition. However, there’s less support for direct involvement from the U.S, including a slim majority favoring a no-fly zone over Ukraine, and minority of about 1 in 3 who want U.S. troops committed to Ukraine.

Political Science professor and Center for Survey Research director Peter Francia says that result was surprising, given what’s at stake.

“If the United States is sending troops into Ukraine, we’re talking about a real possibility of there being fighting with Russian soldiers. And if you have American soldiers fighting Russian soldiers, we’re talking about a major war.”

Something else that stood out to Francia was the bipartisanship of the results. He says generally, when asking any questions that are political in nature, answers are tremendously different between Democrats and Republicans.

In this poll, there was unity across party lines in questions about the U.S. response to Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, and on economic questions including support of the ban on Russian oil as gas prices remain high.

Where the parties didn’t agree were in questions that included President Joe Biden, where 35% of all North Carolinians approved of the overall job Biden is doing and 37% approved of his handling of the Ukraine conflict.

For Public Radio East, I’m Meredith Radford.

For more information on the survey results, visit the Center for Survey Research website.

Meredith Radford is a News Reporter for Public Radio East. She studied at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a degree in Journalism and Political Science. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, Meredith is excited to cover the area and contribute to the community. When not out reporting, she enjoys hiking, camping and kayaking as well as baking.