Apr 11, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Republican voters have flip-flopped on airstrikes in Syria

Shealah Craighead / The White House / AP

A new Washington Post-ABC poll on President Trump's missile strike in Syria has an interesting partisan breakdown when compared to hypothetical support for strikes by President Obama in 2013:

  • Democratic support: 38% support in 2013, 37% support in 2017
  • Republican support: 22% support in 2013, 86% support in 2017

Why it matters: Overall, 51% of Americans support Trump's strike, but that majority is due to the massive swing in support among Republican voters. A better look at how the strike affected Trump's support: Gallup's daily approval ratings show POTUS gained a single point since Thursday.

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