Poll: Most Americans Believe US Has Excessively Spent On Foreign Aid

A recent poll showed that most Americans believe the U.S. government has spent too much on foreign aid.

Congress recently approved a $95 billion taxpayer-funded foreign aid package, which will be sent to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

Rasmussen Reports conducted a survey showing that nearly 60% of likely U.S. voters believe the federal government spends too much for foreign aid. Just 10% of respondents said the U.S. is not spending enough to protect foreign countries, while 23% said the amount is rational.

“In general, does the US government spend too much or not enough for foreign aid? Or is the amount of foreign aid spending about right?” the question on the poll states.

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Senate passed the whopping $95 billion foreign aid bill after the House approved it days before. Ukraine is set to receive $61 billion; Israel will obtain $26 billion and Taiwan will be given $8 billion, according to the Post Millennial.

The results of the poll indicated that Americans are more inclined to fund Israel than Ukraine.

The issue of foreign aid has become a controversial topic in the U.S., particularly with Republicans on sending funds to Ukraine.

Republicans have repeatedly expressed their displeasure with Congress for sending billions of dollars to foreign countries while the southern border is overrun by illegal immigrants.

Congress is facing a wave of criticism for passing the foreign aid package that excluded funding for security measures at the U.S.-Mexico border. With the 2024 presidential election nearing, illegal immigration has emerged as a top issue among voters, but instead of taking action to secure the border, the package sent $300 million to Ukrainian border agents and police.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) is facing threats from his fellow Republicans to be removed from the speakership following his decision to help pass the foreign aid package.