Americans don’t view the president as acting in a responsible way when it comes to how he deals with Iran. In fact, a majority of Americans describe his actions in recent weeks as “reckless,” according to a new poll.
A plurality of Americans believe that the decision to assassinate Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani was primarily done to distract from the president’s impeachment. Forty-seven percent of those surveyed in the USA Today/Ipsos poll published on Thursday said as much, with 39 percent disagreeing.
A clear majority, 55 percent, say that the strike will make Americans less safe in the long run. And on a number of other issues, Americans signal that more bad than good will come about from it:
- 69 percent say the drone strike killing Soleimani makes it more likely that Iran will attack American interests in the Middle East;
- 63 percent say the strike makes it more likely that terrorism will come to the U.S. itself;
- 62 percent said the assassination brings us close to war with Iran than not;
- and 52 percent said the attack makes it more likely that Tehran will develop nuclear weapons.
Overall, a majority of Americans (52 percent) say that Trump has been “reckless” when it comes to how he deals with Iran. Just 34 percent say the opposite.
— Mark Albert (@malbertnews) January 9, 2020
The poll was conducted before the Iranian airstrike attack against U.S. military bases on Tuesday. No casualties were reported from that attack, and as a result, Trump announced economic penalties against Iran, and a de-escalation of military force, on Wednesday.
“As we continue to evaluate options in response to Iranian aggression, the United States will immediately impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime,” Trump said, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.