Less than one week out from the assassination of a top military leader from Iran, Americans are divided on whether it was a good decision or not. But most Americans’ confidence levels in the decision by the Trump administration to kill Qasem Soleimani are pretty low.
Overall, 53 percent of registered voters disapprove of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy overall, while 42 percent approve of it, according to a HuffPost/YouGov poll released on Monday. On Iran, most disapprove of Trump’s handling of issues related to that nation as well, with 47 percent giving him negative marks, and only 43 percent approving of how he’s done.
Forty-four percent of registered voters say the airstrike, which took place in Baghdad, Iraq, last week, was not carefully planned. Only 40 percent of respondents say it was planned with care.
A majority of registered voters in the U.S. are also wary of Trump’s plans moving forward. Thirty-five percent say that Trump has a clear Iran strategy, while 51 percent say there isn’t a clear strategy in place.
More Americans than not approved of the airstrike itself, with 47 percent of registered voters saying so versus 42 percent saying they disapproved. Twelve percent were unsure.
"Do you approve or disapprove of the decision to order the airstrike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani?"
Approve: 43 percent
Disapprove: 38 percent
Unsure: 19 percent pic.twitter.com/pA9j3pSQ5L
— Niall Stanage (@NiallStanage) January 6, 2020
But confidence is so low in Trump’s Iran policy that 44 percent of registered voters say they trust Democrats to handle things more than Republicans, while only 40 percent say they trust the president’s own party to handle things better.
The higher trust in Democrats and the overall concern of Trump’s future policy with regards to Iran comes as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has called for a vote to curtail the president’s ability to launch more attacks on Tehran without congressional approval.
“As Members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe,” Pelosi wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter announcing the vote. “For this reason, we are concerned that the Administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.”