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Poll: Majority of Americans Say Trump 'Not Tough Enough' on Saudis

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By    |   Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:19 AM

Fifty-six percent of Americans think President Donald Trump's response to Saudi Arabia has been "not tough enough" following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents, while 32 percent said his response has been "about right" and 5 percent said he has been too tough, according to an Axios/Survey Money poll released on Wednesday.

Even among Republicans, 37 percent said Trump has been too soft on the Saudis, with 55 percent of independents and 78 percent of Democrats feeling the same way.

Other results from the survey include:

  • A majority of each of the five voter subgroups Axios is tracking ahead of the midterm elections also said Trump is not being tough enough on the Saudis. This includes rural voters and "Never Hillary" independents, who have been more supportive of the president on other issues.
  • The disapproval of the president’s response to Saudi Arabia comes as his approval rating on foreign policy has actually jumped, from 41 percent in August to 45 percent now.
  • Even though the Khashoggi murder has been a top news story for three weeks leading up to the midterms, it is unlikely to have a major impact on the elections, since just 4 percent of consider foreign policy their top issue. 
  • Trump repeatedly calls Saudi Arabia a strong ally, but only 10 percent of Americans agree. Thirty-five percent consider the Saudis "friendly but not an ally," while 37 percent call the kingdom “unfriendly and 12 percent an enemy.

The survey was conducted between October 17-23 among 3,919 adults in the United States. The modeled error estimate for the full sample is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

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