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Thursday, February 10, 2022

Finding Ukraine

 Morning Consult finds that 34 percent of voters could find Ukraine on a map of Europe.

  • Voters are split evenly over whether the United States should send additional weapons to Ukraine while conducting talks with Russia aimed at resolving tensions, with 41 percent in favor and 42 percent opposed.
  • Twenty-nine percent said the United States should send more troops to Europe if Russia invades Ukraine, even if it risks their lives. The same number supported more deployments only if U.S. troops were unlikely to be hurt, while 1 in 4 said Washington should not deploy any additional troops.
  • When asked to find Ukraine on a blank map of Europe, only about 1 in 3 voters correctly located the country, slightly more than the 28 percent who were able to identify Iran on a map roughly two years ago in the wake of a U.S. strike on the Islamic Republic’s most powerful commander. Nearly 3 in 4 voters were able to find Russia on the map.
  • No respondent selected Crimea when asked to identify Russia, which took the peninsula by military force from Ukraine in 2014 and claims to have annexed it, but many did select it when identifying Ukraine.
  • Voters with a better grasp on Eastern European geography were also more likely than their peers to back assertive positions: 50 percent of those who could locate Ukraine said the U.S. should send arms to Kyiv while negotiating with Russia, compared to 37 percent among those who could not, and 58 percent of voters who could find Ukraine said they’d support the most strenuous sanctions package if Moscow invades the country, compared to 41 percent of voters who could not.