Thursday, May 25, 2017

Most Americans Have A Favorable Opinion Of NATO

Donald Trump will meet with our NATO allies today, and it's anyone's guess as to how that will go. In the past, he has called NATO an obsolete organization. He has also criticized our allies for not paying enough of the NATO budget. Will he continue to say those things, or will he just glad-hand the attendees and duck the issue? I suspect it will be the latter.

And it would probably be a good thing for him to either say nothing or to change his view of NATO. Not just because he's made our allies nervous, but he's also in disagreement with the American public. It turns out that a whopping 68% (nearly 7 out of every 10) of Americans have a favorable view of NATO. They see NATO as valuable in keeping Russia at bay. Whatever Trump thinks of Russia, most Americans still see that country as an enemy.

This chart reflects the results of a new Rasmussen Poll -- done on May 21st and 22nd of a random national sample of 1,000 likely voters, with a 3 point margin of error.

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