Most in new poll back Trump on Iran deescalation

Most in new poll back Trump on Iran deescalation

More than half of the respondents in a new poll support President TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE's decision to back away from war with Iran after an Iranian missile assault on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops failed to cause any casualties.

The Politico–Morning Consult survey released early Wednesday found that 71 percent support Trump's decision to not respond militarily, with 43 percent telling pollsters that they "strongly" approve.

Just 14 percent of respondents disapprove of Trump's decision not to strike Iran, and 15 percent did not know or had no opinion about the situation.


Respondents also back Trump when it comes to his administration's newest sanctions against Iran, which were unveiled amid heightened tensions between the two countries and an announcement from Tehran that it will fully abandon the 2015 nuclear deal with the U.S. and a number of European signatories. Trump earlier pulled the U.S. from the pact.

Fifty-eight percent said they support the sanctions while just 22 percent disapprove.

Slightly more controversial was Trump's decision authorizing the drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force: 44 percent of Americans support the military strike, while 38 percent disapprove.

“Although concerns about war with Iran are waning, our polling suggests voters are paying more attention to national security issues as the election year heats up,” said Morning Consult Vice President Tyler Sinclair. “Security issues now track as the number one issue with voters.”

The Politico–Morning Consult poll was conducted Jan. 10–12 among 1,996 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.