President Trump needed something positive to give his first 100 days in office a kick, and last week’s tomahawk strike against a Syrian airbase may have been just the ticket.
CBS News has released a new poll, and it shows that a majority of Americans polled are on board with making a decisive stand against Bashar al-Assad’s attack on his own people.
According to the poll:
Fifty-seven percent of Americans approve of the airstrike against Syrian military targets – calling immoral the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons that led to the strike – but most are leery of any military involvement beyond airstrikes, a CBS News poll shows.
Because of the strike, Trump’s anemic ratings saw a bump, as well. His approval rating now stands at 43 percent, with 49 percent disapproving.
While Republican approval held to about the same, it was independents who gave him the boost, approving at 42 percent, as opposed to 34 percent.
Further, only 18 percent would support military action that put American boots on the ground in Syria.
Breaking it down along party lines, about half of Republicans polled would prefer to keep any further action limited to airstrikes or diplomacy. Democrats, on the other hand, would prefer to keep it limited to diplomacy, only.
Some things you can’t talk your way out of, and you can only hit so many aspirin factories before it becomes costly to Americans financially, and reputation-wise.
There is still some concern about the president’s ability to handle the Syria situation going forward. Nearly eight-in-ten Republicans express confidence in Mr. Trump on that, while most Democrats do not. Independents are more uneasy about the handling going forward even as they are approving of the strike last week.
The strike also served to lowered the percentage of Americans who saw Trump as being “too friendly” with Russia, since Russia has stepped forward and condemned the strike.
And again, it is independents who fueled that change.
This was a weekend poll, conducted from April 7 to April 9, 2017. It sampled 1,006 random Americans.