Majority of Americans believe Trump's Syria move has damaged US reputation: poll

The majority of Americans said President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar MORE’s decision to pull troops from northern Syria is damaging the U.S.'s reputation as a trusted ally, according to a new poll. 

Just over half, 54 percent, of those surveyed in the USA Today-Ipsos poll released Friday said Trump’s decision damages the nation’s reputation as a trusted ally.

Even more respondents, 61 percent, said the U.S. had an obligation to protect the Kurds, whom the U.S. was fighting alongside before Trump pulled American troops out. 

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Broken down by party, 72 percent of Democrats surveyed said Trump’s decision damaged the nation’s reputation as an ally, as did 50 percent of independents, based on the poll. 

Meanwhile, a little less than half of Republicans, 44 percent, agree with that, based on the poll. 

The decision to pull troops from Syria was harshly criticized by Democrats as well as some Republicans, including Trump ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he's considering restricting travel to coronavirus 'hot spots' Coronavirus crisis scrambles 2020 political calculus Trump reviews Pelosi on morning TV: 'She wasn't bad' MORE (R-S.C). 

The poll surveyed 1,006 Americans between Oct. 16-17, including 380 Democrats, 413 Republicans and 112 independents. The poll has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points. The credibility interval for Democrats is 5.7 percentage points, for Republicans is 5.5 percentage points and for independents is 10.6 percentage points.