- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

“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,” says a Rasmussen Reports released Monday.

The numbers: 81 percent of likely voters believe Russia was involved in some way in the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17; 7 percent disagree, 13 percent are unsure.

Half believe the fatal attack on the airline was deliberate; 22 percent think it was an accident, 28 percent are not sure. But what to do about it?

“Just 18 percent of voters believe the better course to follow is further punitive action against Russia by the United States alone. Seventy-three percent think a multinational response through the United Nations or NATO would be the better course,” the poll says.

Sixty-four percent say it’s likely the U.S. will discover who shot down the airliner with a surface-to-air missile, 30 percent disagree. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted July 19-20.

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