New Poll: More than Two-Thirds of Americans Support Urgent U.S. Diplomacy to End Ukraine War

Ahead of the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than two-thirds of Americans (69%) would support the U.S. urging Ukraine to engage in diplomatic negotiations with Russia and the U.S. as soon as possible to end the war in Ukraine, according to a Quincy Institute/Harris Poll survey released today. 

The survey found that nearly two-thirds of Americans (66%) would support U.S. negotiation efforts to end the war, even if it means all three parties will have to make some compromises. 

When asked how the U.S. should respond to a stalemate between Russian and Ukrainian forces, a plurality (34%) of Americans would support trying to end the war by shifting its focus to diplomacy while continuing to aid Ukraine’s defense, as opposed to cutting off aid in order to force negotiations (14%), cutting off aid and staying uninvolved diplomatically (13%), ramping up aid indefinitely in pursuit of total victory (11%), or becoming directly involved in the war by sending U.S. troops to fight Russian forces in Ukraine (5%). 

Seventy-one percent of Americans surveyed believe the U.S. should have a role in helping to negotiate an end to the war, while 16% believe the U.S. has no role at all to play. More than one in three Americans (36%) believe the war will end with a negotiated peace settlement, while 23% of Americans believe the war will end in total military victory — 11% foresee a Russian victory, and 12% a Ukrainian victory.

This survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of the Quincy Institute from February 8-12, 2024 among 2,090 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The sampling precision of Harris online polls is measured by using a Bayesian credible interval.  For this study, the sample data is accurate to within +/- 2.5 percentage points using a 95% confidence level. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact [email protected].