88 percent say Trump should visit U.S. troops in war zones, poll finds

Eighty-eight percent of voters said President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE should visit U.S. troops in war zones, according to an American Barometer survey released Wednesday.

The poll, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 57 percent of voters polled said it was "very important" for the president to visit troops in war zones, while 31 percent said it was "somewhat important."

Twelve percent of respondents said it was not that important for Trump to make those trips. 

Voters from both parties appeared to agree on the issue, with 88 percent of Republicans and 89 percent of Democrats saying he should visit troops in combat zones.

Trump is facing public criticism after The Washington Post reported that one reason he has not visited combat troops is because he is concerned for his own safety.

"This is something that Trump has always struggled with," Rob Griffin, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"There are these features of the office that are essentially head of state, having these ceremonial roles," Griffin said on Wednesday. "It's ribbon cuttings, it's sort of being there at times of national crisis and national celebration that Trump has never been particularly good at."

The president told reporters on Tuesday that he planned to visit a war zone, but he did not specify the time or the place.

"I'm going to a war zone," Trump said before leaving Washington for his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he plans to spend Thanksgiving.

The American Barometer poll was conducted Nov. 16–17 among 1,000 registered voters. The sampling margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. 

— Julia Manchester