Majority says Trump too friendly toward Russia: CNN poll

Majority says Trump too friendly toward Russia: CNN poll
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Nearly six in ten Americans say President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE is too friendly towards Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, according to a CNN survey.

In a poll released Friday, 57 percent of the American adults surveyed said that Trump has been too friendly towards Russia, while 41 percent said that Russia should be considered an "enemy" of the United States.


That number is lower than the number of Americans who said the same about North Korea (55 percent) but is a sharp increase from the 24 percent of Americans who said the same in 2014.

Trump faced heavy criticism last month after a summit with Putin in Helsinki when he appeared to side with Russia over U.S. intelligence agencies' findings of Russian interference in the 2016 election. He later clarified those remarks but stated that "other people" could have been involved as well.

Democrats are more likely to call both Russia and North Korea enemies of the U.S., with 56 percent and 61 percent of Democrats respectively calling the countries "enemies." Republicans were more inclined to call Iran an enemy, with 67 percent of GOP respondents dubbing Iran an adversary of the U.S.

Overall, Americans disapprove of the way the president handles foreign affairs, with 55 percent of adults saying they disapprove of Trump's foreign policy performance compared to just 40 percent approval.

Still, Republicans remain largely supportive of Trump's performance, with 70 percent of GOP-aligned adult respondents saying that they approved of Trump's job concerning foreign affairs.

The CNN/SRSS poll was conducted between August 9-12 and contacted 1,002 adults. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points.