Monday, December 19, 2016
Donald Trump Has Failed His First Foreign Policy Test
The chart above is from a recent Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between December 10th and 13th of a random national sample of 1,465 adults, with a margin of error of 3.1 points.
It shows that most Americans think Donald Trump is out-of-step with public opinion on Russia. Only 21% of Americans (and 28% of Trump's own voters) say Russia is a friend or ally of the United States -- while 58% (and 56% of Trump voters) say Russia is unfriendly or an enemy of the United States.
But those same respondents think Trump has a very different view of Russia. About 54% of Americans (and 47% of Trump voters) think Trump views Russia as a friend or ally -- while 21% (and 29% of Trump voters) think Trump views Russia as unfriendly or an enemy. There are reasons why they believe this -- namely Trump calling Putin a great leader, refusing to believe Russia interfered with the U.S. election by hacking and releasing the hacked information, and choosing a Secretary of State a man who signed a $500 billion dollar deal with Russia and received Russia's highest commendation.
This certainly does not inspire confidence in how Trump will handle foreign policy, and in fact, Dan Balz (in The Washington Post) says Trump has failed his first foreign policy test. Mr. Balz has written: