CBS NEWS POLL For release: Tuesday, March 25
, 2014 6:30 pm EDT Challenges Abroad, Domestic Issues and the 2014 Elections
March 20-23, 2014 56% of Americans approve of the sanctions against Russia that the West has enacted, but
58% don’t expect the
y will be effective. Two in three are opposed to the U.S. providing military aid to Ukraine. Most feel that the situation in Ukraine is beyond U.S. control, and six in ten say the U.S. does not have a responsibility to do something there. More disapprov
e (46%) than approve (38%) of President Barack Obama’s handling of
the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Perceptions of the relationship between the U.S. and Russia have changed dramatically. 42% now see Russia as either an ally or friendly to the U.S., down from 2007 (68%) and 2003 (80%). 27% say signup on the health care exchanges is going well
up from 22% last month, and steadily increasing since last fall. 35% say the process is improving. Still, most remain opposed to the health care law overall. Over half of Americans think religious organizations should be able to opt out of insurance coverage for prescription birth control. However, 51% think companies and non-religious organizations should have to provide this for women employees.
Russia and Ukraine
There are limits to what Americans think the U.S. can accomplish regarding the recent Russian annexation of Crimea in Ukraine. 57% of Americans think the situation between Russia and Ukraine is beyond the control of the U.S.; just 37% think it is a conflict the U.S. can do something about.
The Conflict Between Russia and Ukraine Is…
Total Heard/read a lot about Americans Russia and Ukraine Something the U.S. can do something about 37% 38% Beyond the control of the U.S. 57 59 So far, the U.S. and other countries have responded to
Russia’s annexation of Crimea
by enacting sanctions, something most Americans
and most partisans -- approve of.
Sanctions Against Russia over Actions in Crimea
Total Reps Dems Inds Approve 56% 55% 61% 53% Disapprove 32 33 28 35
But few Americans are hopeful that sanctions will be effective at changing Russia’s actions in
Ukraine and Crimea. Just 32% think sanctions will be at least somewhat effective, and most