Americans seem to be coming around to President Trump’s point of view on a couple of key foreign-policy issues, according to the latest Rasmusson daily tracking poll.
Fifty-one percent of likely U.S. voters now believe the president’s upcoming meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un will result in the slowing or stopping of North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons. Just two months ago, 51 percent considered that unlikely.
Just over half of voters now agree with the president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Eighteen months after Election Day, many Democrats continue to attack President Trump, but few voters think it will pay off for Trump’s opponents in the 2018 midterm elections.
The poll released Saturday finds 43 percent of likely U.S. voters say it will backfire on critics, while 30 percent say there isn’t enough criticism. Another 21 percent think the level of criticism is just about right.
Only 23 percent say they are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the president because of the current level of Trump-bashing, while 36 percent say they will be more likely to vote for a pro-Trump candidate. Some 38 percent say the attacks on the president will have no impact on their vote.
Among Democrats, 36 percent say the current Trump-bashing makes them less likely to vote for a candidate who supports the president, while 58 percent of Republicans are more likely to vote for such a candidate. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, 48 percent say the Trump-bashing will have no impact on their vote, but 25 percent are more likely to vote for a pro-Trump candidate.
Voters are closely divided over Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem when he announced it in December, but among those who value Israel most as a U.S. ally, the majority thought it was a good idea.
While a number of world leaders have complained about the Iran decision, voters here are growing more optimistic about how other heads of state view the president.
Trump ended the week with his overall job approval rating at 50 percent.