News ID: 264245
Published: 0319 GMT January 12, 2020

Majority of Americans reject Trump’s Iran policy: Poll

Majority of Americans reject Trump’s Iran policy: Poll
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Majority of Americans disapprove of US President Donald Trump’s position on Iran and feel less safe after Washington’s recent escalation with Tehran, a new poll finds.

In a week dominated by increased tension with Iran and speculation over when Trump’s impeachment articles would be delivered to the US Senate, a majority of Americans said they disapprove of Trump's handling of the situation with Iran and feel less safe, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll that originally appeared on abcnews.go.com.

But when it comes to Trump impeachment, a key political conflict in the US, attitudes are more mixed, with Americans split in their assessment of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's motivations for delaying the handover of the articles of impeachment.

The poll, conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News, using Ipsos' Knowledge Panel, asked Americans about their attitudes on two unfolding challenges for the Trump presidency – escalating tensions with Iran and the impending impeachment trial in the Senate.

Overall attitudes about Trump and the consequences of his actions against Iran largely were driven by Independents, a critical target for both parties in electoral politics. The poll showed a majority of Independents, 57%, and all US adults, 56%, disapproving of Trump's handling of the situation with Iran, with 43% of both Independents and US adults approving.

Respondents also were asked about the fallout from the US assassination of senior Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, which marked a major escalation in months of tension between the US and Iran, and led to retaliatory strikes on American bases in Iraq.

In the aftermath of the US assassination, only 25% of Americans said they felt more safe, while 52% of US adults, said they felt less safe.

Asked about concerns over the possibility of the United States getting involved in a full-scale war with Iran, Democrats are more united in expressing concern than Republicans.

A net total of 94% of Democrats, and 52% of Republicans, are either very concerned or somewhat concerned about the possibility of entering into another war in the Middle East, compared with 6% of Democrats and 48% of Republicans who said they were not so concerned or not concerned at all.

Independents once again tracked the country's positions as a whole, with 72% of Independents and 73% of Americans saying they were concerned about a new war, and 28% of Independents and 27% of US adults dismissing such concerns.

Attitudes on the homefront's chief political conflict, impeachment, also are driven by partisanship, with 66% of Democrats and 10% of Republicans maintaining that Pelosi and Democrats were abiding by a constitutional duty to ensure a full and deliberate trial in the Senate, while 81% of Republicans and 8% of Democrats stood by the statement that not immediately transmitting the articles showed that allegations against Trump are not serious and that the Democrats are playing partisan politics.

After three weeks of waiting and recent pressure from within Pelosi’s own party, the Democratic leader announced on Friday she planned to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this coming week.

 

   
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