Despite President Donald Trump's glowing praise of Saudi Arabia during his visit there over the weekend, only 9 percent of likely U.S. voters say the Saudi government has been aggressive enough in its efforts to fight radical Islamic terrorism, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released on Tuesday.
Seventy percent of those polled said the Saudis have not been aggressive enough in combating radical Islamic terrorism, which is up from 63 percent two years ago. Twenty-one percent said they are not sure.
Other results from the survey include:
- Only 21 percent of likely U.S. voters view the country as an ally of the United States That compares to 17 percent who considered Riyadh an ally in January 2016 and 26 percent in January 2015.
- Eleven percent of likely U.S. voters consider the Saudis an enemy, which is down from the 29 percent of Americans who felt that way six years ago. Fifty-nine percent say the Saudis are somewhere in between an enemy and an ally.
- Even among those who consider Saudi Arabia an ally, only 18 percent said they are doing enough to fight radical Islam.
In a breakdown among parties, 77 percent of Republicans say Riyadh is not aggressive enough in combatting Islamic terrorism, while 65 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of unaffiliates say the same thing.
Eighty percent of those polled consider radical Islam a serious threat to the United States.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on May 21-22. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.
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