The United States is expected to begin pulling troops out of Iraq after the government there declared victory over the Islamic State Group (ISIS), and more voters now agree that America and its allies have won that war.
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The U.S. government has suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, and most voters think that’s a good idea.
Voters are closely divided over President Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but among those who value the Jewish state most as a U.S. ally, the majority thinks it’s a good idea.
While most voters believe that anti-Semitism is a serious problem in America, they don’t believe that sentiment is fueling criticisms of Israeli government policies.
Half of voters still favor President Trump’s temporary travel ban and see it as an anti-terrorist measure, not religious discrimination. Voters also think the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to uphold the ban.
The radical Islamic State group (ISIS) has proudly taken credit for the slaughter of innocents earlier this week at a concert in Manchester, England, and voters here strongly agree with President Trump that ISIS needs to be totally wiped out.
President Trump has visited both Saudi Arabia and Israel as part of his first foreign trip as President of the United States this week. But voters believe this country’s relationship with Israel is more important to stability in the Middle East than the relationship with Saudi Arabia is.
President Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia this week to reinvigorate the U.S.-Saudi alliance, but voters still think there’s a long way to go.
Most voters support President Trump’s missile strike on Syria but feel further action against the Syrian government should come from the United Nations and not the United States alone.
President Trump last week appeared to back away from the longstanding U.S. policy position that a separate Palestinian state is essential to any peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. But voters here tend to see that as key to any successful agreement.
While President Trump’s refugee freeze is tied up in the courts, the State Department has sped up acceptance of newcomers from the Middle Eastern terrorist havens targeted by the freeze. Most voters think that’s making America less safe.
Despite continuing protests and legal challenges, just over half of voters favor President Trump's temporary refugee ban, although there's a lot less concern about the threat of domestic Islamic terrorism.
Voters are more confident that U.S. involvement in the Middle East has been beneficial for the region, but they remain less convinced that that involvement benefits the United States.
U.S. voters think America’s relationship with Israel has deteriorated under President Obama but believe incoming President Trump will repair those relations.
Tensions between the United States and Israel have risen yet again after the former abstained from voting on a UN Security Council resolution that condemns Israeli settlements in Israel’s occupied territories, allowing the resolution to pass. Voters in the United States continue to view Israel as an important partner when it comes to U.S. national security and are less negative about how that relationship looks to other countries.
In keeping with his “America First” approach to foreign policy, President-elect Donald Trump has opposed further U.S. involvement in Syria beyond establishing safe zones to protect civilians there. Voters are still reluctant to get more involved in Syria despite the recent carnage in Aleppo but also aren’t convinced Trump will make the situation any better.
The nature of U.S. involvement in the ongoing war in Syria has been one of the key foreign policy issues this presidential election season, and most voters now favor a no-fly zone in the embattled country despite increasing concern that it may bring the United States into a military confrontation with Russia.
Voters here tend to think the failure of the military coup in Turkey is harmful to the United States, but as with many issues overseas, it isn’t an issue of overwhelming concern.
Following last week’s terrorist bombings in Brussels, U.S. voters remain strongly convinced that the radical Islamic State group (ISIS) is a major danger to the United States and see little chance of that threat diminishing anytime soon.
Voters still see the radical Islamic State group (ISIS) as a serious threat to the homeland and criticize the Obama administration’s efforts against it. But most aren't ready to send a lot of U.S. troops to Syria to fight ISIS.