President Donald Trump's overall job approval remains at 39 percent among registered voters, up one point from the week before airstrikes were launched at a Syrian airstrip in response to a deadly chemical bombing attack, a new Marist College poll shows.
According to the poll released on Friday, Trump's negative numbers in areas such as his handling of foreign policy, his image, and whether he is improving the United States' position on the world stage have declined, but still remain negative:
- Overall job approval rating: 39 percent.
- Disapprove: 49 percent.
- Unsure: 12 percent.
- Among Republicans: 80 percent.
- Democrats: 12 percent.
- Independents, 32 percent.
Most of the respondents, at 54 percent, are not convinced Trump is a good leader, with 16 percent strongly disagreeing with his leadership skills. However, 41 percent strongly agreed with Trump's leadership, and 25 percent agreed he is a good leader.
"As tensions mount, President Trump is facing a critical test as Commander in Chief," says Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. "Instead of a rally 'round the flag effect, Americans are still looking for President Trump to provide leadership and more careful planning to arrive at sound policies."
Trump's favorable score also remained upside down:
- 53 percent, unfavorable.
- 38 percent, favorable.
Handling foreign policy.
- 49 percent disapprove.
- 40 percent approve, up from 37 percent in March.
On the world stage:
- 40 percent: Trump's decisions as president are strengthening the U.S. on the world stage, up from 35 percent last month.
- 49 percent, Trump is weakening the U.S. status.
- Republicans:79 percent, Trump bolstering the U.S.
- Democrats: 13 percent, Trump boosts the U.S. status.
Confidence Trump will keep the U.S. safe:
- Great deal, 47 percent.
- Not much, 52 percent.
- No confidence at all, 23 percent.
Nearly half of Americans, 49 percent, think Trump's involvement in international issues is appropriate, 25 percent say he is getting too involved, and 17 percent do not think he is involved enough.
On Syria, most Americans favored limited airstrikes in response to the chemical weapons attack, and a plurality support the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, but do not want the United States leading the effort to remove him.
On world tensions:
- 72 percent believe tensions are rising.
- 20 percent think they're about the same.
- 5 percent believe tensions are ending.
- Democrats, by 85 percent, and independents, by 70 percent, believe world tensions are rising, and 64 percent of Republicans agree.
The respondents were mixed about who they consider as a major threat to U.S. security:
- ISIS: 70 percent;
- North Korea: 61 percent;
- Russia; 47 percent;
- China: 30 percent.
The poll of 1,069 adults was conducted on April 11 and 12, including 869 registered voters, and carried a margin of error of plus or minus three points.
The full poll results are located here.
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