Russian Invasion Won't Affect Public Opposition to Intervention in Ukraine: Reason-Rupe Poll April 2014

"These results suggest that the Cold War mentality is over," says Reason-Rupe Polling Director Emily Ekins. "Americans don't feel like we need to get involved in every international conflict that's going on in order to protect our interests."

Ekins sat down Reason TV to discuss the portion of the results from the April Reason-Rupe poll focused on opposition to military intervention in Ukraine.

The poll found that six out of 10 Americans oppose military intervention in Ukraine, and that even if Russia were to further invade the country, most Americans still say they wouldn't want the U.S. military involved. Only 32 percent of respondents opposed stronger economic sanctions, however.

Watch the video above to hear Ekins delve deeper into these results.

For full poll results, check out reason.com/poll.

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Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Paul Detrick.

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  • RishJoMo||

    Sometimes man you jsut have to roll with it.

    www.GotzAnon.tk

  • William of Purple||

    those are also the last words of Herschel Goldfarb, from Hamburg.
    In 1936.

  • From the Tundra||

  • Hyperion||

    But despite the fact that it will be near impossible to sway public opinion towards more interventionist wars in the foreseeable future, the GOP will insist on nominating a candidate who will beat the war drums all the way to another lost election in 2016.

  • Mint Berry Crunch||

    No way, dude! Rand Paul will get the nomination, and go on to easily defeat Hillary. He'll even beat her among young voters, who will appreciate his non-interventionist views, while punishing Hillary for her Senate vote for the Iraq War.

    And once the GOP realizes it has success by going in a slightly more libertarian direction, this will prompt the Democrats to do the same. By 2020, both major party candidates will be trying to out-libertarian each other by promising to legalize cocaine.

    /overly optimistic H and R member

  • Hyperion||

    If Rand gets the nomination, watch how fast the GOP neocons start jumping the fence to support Hillary.

    McCain has already said that in fact, he will do just that. Peter King, Graham, others will rush to join him.

    Rand won't only be under constant attack from the Dems, but also from the GOP establishment. I can just hear the Fox News talking heads joining in the Hillary 2016 campaign.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    "I can just hear the Fox News talking heads joining in the Hillary 2016 campaign."

    I doubt *all* of them would go that far. There might be some Hillary supporters, but I can't see the whole network's commentariat going for her.

  • Hyperion||

    O'Reilly will jump right into the Hillary camp.

    Which ones do you think would get behind Rand?

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    I could be wrong. It's just my intuition. Many of them are really vested in Hillary-bashing. They'd have to do a 180 to oppose her.

    They keep telling conservatives to hold their noses and vote for squishes with an "R" after their name. Will their noses be too delicate to endure Paul, after all that?

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    I think that hating Hillary Clinton is as reflexive among the ranks of the Red Team as hating the Koch brothers is on the Blue side and there is no way Fox is going to alienate it's customers by running outright pro-Clinton stuff. If somehow Paul wins the R nomination that most of the punditry will revert to Team mode in a general election despite the fact that a barbarian would have risen to the throne among them.

    That said I think that they will do everything in their power to keep Paul from winning the nomination. I think Clinton (provided she is nominated) is counting on that disunity and hoping that it creates the sort of idiotic rhetoric that the Red Team is famous for to be used as a distraction from the rank incompetence of her own party.

    I think she's probably right.

  • sarcasmic||

    That said I think that they will do everything in their power to keep Paul from winning the nomination.

    And in doing so they'll poison him for the general election should he win the nomination.
    That's something the stupid party just doesn't get. All the negativity during the primary carries over into the general election.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Exactly

  • sarcasmic||

    Which ones do you think would get behind Rand?

    All of them. They are TEAM players, after all. But I don't think they are worried about Paul getting the nomination. Nor should they be.

  • Hyperion||

    They should be VERY worried about it. And they are. However, I still believe that some of them will jump the fence when Paul gets the nomination.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    McCain has already said that in fact, he will do just that. Peter King, Graham, others will rush to join him.

    We could be so fucking lucky.

    Rand won't only be under constant attack from the Dems, but also from the GOP establishment. I can just hear the Fox News talking heads joining in the Hillary 2016 campaign.

    I don't think it will be as bad as with his old man. They may try, but times they are a changin.

    Media has a lot of power to sway voters, but at the end of the day, as a business, ya gotta give the consumer what they want. I think we are already seeing this in the Conservative media. Rand's a contender.

    He's also very dangerous right now. He could single handedly destroy the republican party, and they know it. He has enough support that he could see to it that the Republicans never win another election by running third party (which would amuse me to a certain degree).

  • sarcasmic||

    I think you're overly optimistic. The establishment will use every smear tactic in the book against him, and sadly, because negative advertising works, he'll lose. I hope I'm wrong, but that's how I see it.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Yes, he'll lose if they do. You're right.

    And you know what I'd do. I'd walk into the office of the GOP decision makers and tell them upfront...if that shit happens, I'll be running third party from now until I die. Either get on board, or kiss it goodbye.

    The nuclear option.

    Their only option would be to kill him.

  • sarcasmic||

    If he got the nomination they'd back him up. They are all good TEAM players. But the damage would already be done.

  • Hyperion||

    I'd give Paul, at this time, about a 50/50 chance of getting the nomination. Anyone else who gets it, be it Christie, Jeb Bush, Huckleberry, or Ryan, will lose the general to anyone with a D behind their name.

    What I am saying is, Paul is the only Republican who can win in the general election, there is no one else.

    So the GOP fighting against that chance, this is why they well deserve to be called the Stupid Party.

  • Neoconwatch||

    Just because the establishment will try to destroy him doesn't mean they will succeed. Your nihilism is unwarranted.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    I think that, long term Rand running third party for a few election cycles might be just what the country needs. Does anyone seriously think the Republicans are going to not just continue the same top-down drift just with different decorations and at a slightly slower pace? Fuck it. Just get it over with. Let the Republicans self destruct, let the Democrats own the coming financial collapse and maybe we have a shot at restoring some sanity. Maybe we end up under an authoritarian government, but that's the way it's going to wind up if nothing changes, so roll the dice.

  • sarcasmic||

    Wind up? Dude, we're already there.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    Wind up? Dude, we're already there.

    Almost, but not quite. We're still mostly corporatist at the moment. It can get worse. A lot worse.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    And once the GOP realizes it has success by going in a slightly more libertarian direction, this will prompt the Democrats to do the same. By 2020, both major party candidates will be trying to out-libertarian each other by promising to legalize cocaine.

    I'll be in my bunk.

  • Hyperion||

    What we are really going to end up with if we are lucky, will be a political system in a libertarian/proglotard death match.

    Hopefully that will split the country into 2 camps and when the proglotards eventually attack us out of jealousy for our economic success, we will finally put an end to them. You know, they violated the NAP!, we had to turn them into a barren waste land.

    The great final battle between good and evil, let it begin!

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Based upon what I'm seeing (i.e. notionally) I agree with this. The republicans are shifting to the top of the Nolan chart and the dems are shifting to the bottom. I welcome this. Straight up liberty vs totalitarianism.

  • Notorious G.K.C.||

    The continuing adventures of Mireille Miller-Young, Social Liberal avenger.

    When we last saw her, she stole a sign from a prolife demonstrator in a "free speech zone" at UC Santa Barbara.

    Now, through her lawyer, our hero pled not guilty to charges of " misdemeanor theft, battery, and vandalism."

    The high-school student whom the professor bravely attacked " is “still very surprised” that a professor would be involved in such an incident, noting that at previous demonstrations, her group has experienced people getting upset but the encounters are “civilized.”"

    http://www.independent.com/new.....attery/?on

  • Hyperion||

    The high-school student whom the professor bravely attacked " is “still very surprised” that a professor would be involved in such an incident, noting that at previous demonstrations, her group has experienced people getting upset but the encounters are “civilized.”"

    She should stopped being surprised and start learning things from experience. Things like the left eventually become violent when they see that just being upset and annoying is not working out in their favor.

  • ||

    From the comments:

    "As for abortion, males have nothing to say in the argument and have no legal standing. Females have the power and the choice. However, as a male, I will go on despite the previous statement."

    I stopped reading there.

  • Hyperion||

    Probably his fugly butch GF was standing over him as he wrote that and threatened that she wouldn't use the strap on tonight unless he continued to write that drivel.

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    males have nothing to say in the argument and have no legal standing.

    Well if that's the case sounds like a great argument for totally eliminating child support. If a man has no agency in this why should he have any responsibility? I mean, it's only the woman's choice right? Is a man on the hook if his girlfriend buys a car or rents an apartment or takes out student loans and later finds she can't afford it?

  • Virginian||

    The unholy alliance of feminists and socons would never allow the child support racket to be derailed.

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    Well if that's the case sounds like a great argument for totally eliminating child support.

    This!

    That should be the standard comeback EVERY time that ridiculous argument is used.

  • sarcasmic||

    "Does the father have any say in [fill in the blank]?"

    "Of course not!"

    "Then why should he pay for it?"

    "Because fuck you, that's why!"

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Francisco d'Anconia||

    I think it's wrong for consumers to boycott companies based on their political views.

    *ducks, bobs, weaves*

  • Dances-with-Trolls||

    Oh, please not this shit again.

    /looks around anxiously for John and sloopy

  • Hyperion||

    Why? Look how well that worked out with them boycotting Chick Filet and Whole Foods. Those guys are out of business now! ... Oh wait ...

  • AlmightyJB||

    Heard Paula Dean was making a comeback. Of course she was fired without threat of boycott just fear of association by the FN.

  • RishJoMo||

    Dude that makes no sense at all man.

    www.GotzAnon.tk

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