Majority oppose military aid to Ukraine

Majority oppose military aid to Ukraine
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More than six in 10 people believe the United States should not provide military aid to Ukraine, according to a new poll. 

The CBS News poll released Tuesday found 65 percent of people do not think the country should provide military aid or equipment to Ukraine. Only 26 percent said the U.S. should provide military aid. 

Majorities of every party are opposed to the move, including 59 percent of Republicans, 67 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of independents. 

On a less specific question, CBS finds that 61 percent believe the U.S. does not have a responsibility to get involved in the situation between Russia and Ukraine. Another 32 percent think the country does have a responsibility to do something. 

A Pew Research poll earlier this month found a similar amount of hesitancy — 56 percent of people cautioned the U.S. to not get too involved in the conflict. 

A number of lawmakers, including Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainRubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts The VA's woes cannot be pinned on any singular administration Overnight Defense: Mattis offers support for Iran deal | McCain blocks nominees over Afghanistan strategy | Trump, Tillerson spilt raises new questions about N. Korea policy MORE (R-Ariz.), have called for the U.S. to provide modest military assistance to Ukraine after Russian forces entered the Crimea peninsula, which was later annexed to become a part of Russia. That's the first time one country in Europe has re-written borders to take away territory from another country in Europe since World War II. 

The Ukrainian military was largely forced out of the Crimea region after a referendum in which Crimeans voted to join Russia.

The White House has already hit dozens of Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions and President Obama has signed an executive order that authorizes sanctions on portions of the Russian economy. 

Obama has explicitly ruled out military action in Ukraine.

The Senate on Monday passed a package that would authorize sanctions against people who have undermined Ukrainian security or independence and offers $1 billion in loan guarantee to the country. 

Also on Monday, a group of nations including the U.S. chose to exclude Russia from a Group of Eight summit scheduled in June. 

The CBS News poll surveyed 1,097 people and has a 3-percentage point margin of error.