Saturday, December 29, 2018
Public Is Not Happy With Trump As Commander-In-Chief
Donald Trump surprised his generals (and everyone else) by abruptly announcing he would be withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria immediately. And the war in Afghanistan just keeps going with no end in sight, even though Trump also announced he would be withdrawing some troops from that country -- again at the displeasure of our military leaders and without asking them.
Is Trump doing the right thing in Syria? Does he have a clear and coherent plan for the Afghan War? And perhaps most important, does he have the confidence of the American people to perform as this nation's commander-in-chief?
The Economist / YouGov Poll posed those questions to a national sample of 1,298 registered voters between December 23rd and 25th. The poll has a margin of error of 2.8 points.
The results were not something Trump could be proud of. By a 12 point margin (56% to 44%), the voters said they did NOT have confidence in Trump's ability to act as commander-in-chief. By a 6 point margin (44% to 38%), they opposed Trump's action in Syria. And by a whopping 32 point margin (55% to 23%), they said Trump has no clear plan for the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.