A new poll shows a plurality of Americans approve of President Trump‘s decision to order the drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Forty-one percent of Americans agreed with the decision, according to the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Friday. Thirty percent disapproved and the remaining 30 percent were indifferent.
On Jan. 3 the U.S. killed Soleimani at the Baghdad airport. The move raised tensions in the Middle East and fears of a new war. Iran launched rocket attacks on two bases with U.S. personnel in Iraq days later.
The killing also renewed the debate over Trump’s policies in the Middle East and the administration’s powers. The following week, the House passed legislation that could limit Trump’s ability to go to war with Iran.
Tensions have continued to rise in the region, as the European Union has begun to pressure Tehran to maintain its end of the Iran nuclear deal, which the U.S. pulled out of in 2018.
The poll showed also showed that 56 percent of Americans are extremely or very concerned about Iran’s nuclear program. That’s an increase from a year ago, when 48 percent said they were highly concerned.
The AP poll also found that about 50 percent of Americans expect U.S. relationships with traditionally hostile nations to worsen in the coming year, and roughly 40 percent also expect a decline both in the country’s relationships with allies and in U.S. standing around the world.
According to AP, the poll surveyed 1,353 adults and was conducted Jan. 16-21. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.6 percentage points. Respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods and later were interviewed online or by phone.