The Washington Post describes this as a “slight majority,” but Donald Trump gets a double-digit polling triumph for his strike on Qassem Soleimani in the latest WaPo/ABC poll. The question remains whether it has enhanced his political standing at home, however, as respondents still worry whether the decision made war with Iran likelier than before. One outcome in particular suggests that even if Trump made the right decision in the moment, it’s not exactly going to be effective election-campaign fodder in the fall.
For the moment, however, Trump gets a 12-point gap in overall polling for the strike:
Three weeks after President Trump ordered the drone strike that killed Iran’s powerful military commander, a Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a slight majority of Americans approve of the decision, even as many express concerns that it may increase the chance of war breaking out with Iran and of terrorist attacks against Americans.
The Post-ABC poll finds 53 percent approve of Trump’s ordering of the strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, while 41 percent disapprove. …
Despite overall approval of Trump’s decision, nearly half of adults say his actions increased the risk of terrorism against Americans (48 percent), and a similar 46 percent say they increased the chance of war with Iran. Fewer than 2 in 10 say his actions decrease the risk of terrorism or war with Iran, and about one-third say they made no difference in either risk.