Poll: Voters back Trump decision to nix Iran strike

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Most voters agree with President Donald Trump’s decision to call off airstrikes in Iran last week, according to a new Royal/Morning Consult poll that also shows little public support for U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf.

According to the poll, just over a third of voters, 36 percent, support military action in Iran after the Iranians shot down an unmanned U.S. drone aircraft — fewer than the 42 percent who oppose it. Roughly two-in-10 voters, 22 percent, said they have no opinion.

A majority of self-identified Republican voters, 59 percent, do support further military action in Iran. But support for striking Iran is much lower among Democratic voters (23 percent) and independents (28 percent).

Trump said last week that the military was planning to strike Iran in retaliation for the destruction of the U.S. drone, but the president ordered the strike to be canceled upon learning the response could kill scores of Iranians — a result he viewed as disproportionate to Iran’s actions.

The Royal/Morning Consult poll was conducted June 21-24 — in the immediate aftermath of the aborted strike.

Voters back Trump’s decision to scrap the mission overwhelmingly, the poll shows. Nearly two-in-three, 65 percent, support calling off the strike — while only 14 percent oppose Trump’s decision.

“As tensions continue to escalate, voters across the political spectrum back President Trump’s decision to abort a strike in Iran,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president, who noted that majorities of Democrats (62 percent), Republicans (76 percent) and independents (58 percent) all support Trump’s choice to back off.

Trump’s approval rating in the weekly survey stands at 43 percent, up marginally from 41 percent last week. But a majority of voters, 54 percent, disapprove of the job Trump is doing as president — unchanged from last week.

The Royal/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,991 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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