New research shows that 57 percent of Americans applaud President Trump’s military actions last Friday in response to the recent Syrian gas attack on civilians.
According to a CBS News poll, President Trump’s overall approval ratings have surged to 43 percent; however, many Americans are concerned about what his approach will be to Syria going forward and say they want Congress to be consulted next time.
Most Americans don’t want to see the United States get involved in Syria beyond the airstrikes, with only 18 percent advocating the use of ground troops. Half of Republicans surveyed said they would limit U.S. involvement to either airstrikes or diplomacy, while Democrat respondents said that they want the president to focus on diplomacy above all else.
Friday’s airstrikes were made without authorization from Congress, and a majority of those polled said this should not happen again.
Support for the airstrikes is strong due to the immorality of the chemical weapons attack, but Americans are divided about whether or not Assad is actually a direct threat to the country.
When the same type of chemical attack happened in 2013, research showed that “most Republicans opposed the idea of airstrikes against Syria by President Obama, and half of Democrats were opposed then, as well.”
The airstrikes led to Trump’s rising job approval rating, which researchers say is driven primarily by Independents, while Republicans have been steady in their support. Nearly eight-in-ten Republicans said that they believe in the president’s ability to handle the Syria situation going forward. However, most Democrats and independents are not so positive, despite having approved of last week’s airstrikes.
Most Americans (especially Independents) who thought Trump was “too friendly” with Russia have now changed their minds.
When it comes to North Korea’s nuclear program, more than half of those surveyed said that they’re concerned about Trump’s ability to deal with that situation.
H/T: CBS News
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