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52% Support U.S. Diplomatic Action Against Russia Over Crimea

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The United States and Europe imposed travel and economic sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian officials following Sunday’s vote in Crimea to secede from the Ukraine and join Russia. Few U.S. voters believe Russia should be allowed to annex the Ukrainian peninsula, and just over half support diplomatic action against Russia if it does.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 23% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Russia should be allowed to annex Crimea. Forty-two percent (42%) disagree and say Russia should not be allowed to annex the peninsula despite the lopsided support for Russian annexation in Sunday’s referendum vote. However, a sizable 35% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 14-15, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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