Jan 24, 2020

Poll: 41% of Americans approve of Soleimani strike

Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Photo: Pool / Press Office of Iranian Supreme Leader/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Americans are more likely to support the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, despite general skepticism about President Trump's handling of foreign affairs, an Associated Press-NORC poll out Friday indicates.

By the numbers: 41% of respondents approved of the strike, while 30% disapproved. Another 28% didn't express an opinion. Among Republicans, 80% approved while 5% disapproved of the decision. Only 15% of Democrats approved, with 53% disapproving.

Yes, but: Respondents were more likely to disapprove of Trump's performance when it comes to foreign policy, despite him ordering the strike.

  • 59% said they did not approve of his handling of foreign affairs, while 39% approved.

Methodology: The poll surveyed 1,353 adults and was conducted Jan. 16-21. It has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

Go deeper: Iran's proxies in the Middle East

Go deeper

Trump notches his highest Gallup approval rating since taking office

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump's approval rating hit 49% in Gallup's tracking poll, his highest rating in that poll since taking office.

Why it matters: The president's approval reached its peak despite the fact that the poll was conducted from Jan. 16 to 29 — amid his ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.

No "imminent" threat cited in White House letter on killing Qasem Soleimani

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces new sanctions on Iran on Jan. 10. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump authorized killing top Iranian general Qasem Solemani in response to "an escalating series" of Iran-backed attacks on U.S. forces in the Middle East in previous months and to deter future Iranian attacks, the White House asserted to Congress on Friday.

Why it matters: The official reason for killing Soleimani contradicts the administration's original claim that Trump authorized the strike to disrupt an "imminent" attack against Americans in the Middle East.

Poll: Confidence in the economy boosts Trump's re-election prospects

President Trump arrives for a rally in Toledo, Ohio, on Jan. 9, 2020. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Confidence in the U.S. economy is boosting President Trump's re-election chances despite the Senate impeachment trial and his continued unpopularity, an ABC/Washington Post poll published Monday finds.

Details: 56% of those surveyed approve of his handling of the economy, "up 10 points since early September to a career high," the poll notes. 49% of those polled expect Trump to win the election in November, while 43% back his Democratic challenger.

Go deeperArrowJan 28, 2020