U.S. voters are overwhelmingly convinced that Russia had a hand in the shootdown of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over Ukraine, but they also strongly believe any punishment should be a multinational one and not come from just the United States alone.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 81% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it is at least somewhat likely that Russia was involved in some way in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last Thursday, with 57% who consider it Very Likely. Just seven percent (7%) think it’s not very or Not At All Likely that Russia was involved, but another 13% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Perhaps even more disturbing is that 50% believe the shootdown of the airliner and the death of all 298 people aboard was deliberate. Only 22% think it was an accident. Slightly more (28%) are not sure.
Yes, most Americans are ignoramuses. Anybody with a functional brain who’s been paying attention knows what happened: The Russkies equipped their surrogates in Ukraine with sophisticate ground-to-air defense systems. The surrogates shot down a passenger airliner thinking it was a Ukraine transport plane. It was a stupid accident.
It was also the last thing that the Russians wanted, because of the horrible light it puts them in, and the added publicity it brings to what they are doing in the Ukraine.