U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov speak during their meeting on the sidelines of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), in Stockholm, Sweden December 2, 2021. Jonathan Nackstrand/Pool via REUTERS
New Poll Shows Majority Support in Seattle Area for Speedy Diplomatic Solution in Ukraine

A narrow majority of likely voters think the United States should lead negotiations to end the Russian war in Ukraine “as soon as possible,” even if that means making compromises with Vladimir Putin, according to a new poll of Washington’s 9th Congressional District, an area that covers South Seattle, Bellevue, Mercer Island, and south King County.

The findings give Rep. Adam Smith, the district’s representative in D.C., a mandate for leading a movement in Congress to demand the Biden Administration work quickly to secure peace in the region, where fighting continues to grind on ahead of a potentially harsh winter that could test the trans-Atlantic alliance.

In a phone interview, Rep Smith said he thinks such a movement “helps,” and that he’s already joined. 

The poll found nearly 80% of people worried about the war going nuclear, nearly 70% seeing the conflict negatively impacting their own finances, and the vast majority expressing concern about “long-term global economic hardship, including here at home.” Almost all people polled (90%) worried about the loss of life and livelihoods in Ukraine.

Read the full piece in The Stranger.

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