Majority of Americans believe Trump's Syria move has damaged US reputation: poll

 thehill.com  10/18/2019 14:19:23 

The majority of Americans said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MOREs decision to pull troops from northern Syria is damaging the U.S.'s reputation as a trusted ally, according to a new poll.

Just over half, 54 percent, ofthose surveyedin the USA Today-Ipsos poll released Fridaysaid Trumps decision damages the nations reputation as a trusted ally.

Even more respondents, 61 percent, said the U.S. had an obligation to protect the Kurds, whom the U.S. was fighting alongside before Trump pulled American troops out.

Broken down by party, 72 percent of Democrats surveyed said Trumps decision damaged the nations reputation as an ally, as did 50 percent of independents, based on the poll.

Meanwhile, alittle less than half of Republicans, 44 percent, agree with that, based on the poll.

The decision to pull troops from Syria was harshly criticized by Democrats as well as some Republicans, including Trump ally Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPelosi, Schumer hit 'flailing' Trump over 'sham ceasefire' deal Pompeo to meet Netanyahu as US alliances questioned Overnight Defense  Presented by Boeing  Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe MORE (R-S.C).

The poll surveyed 1,006 Americans between Oct. 16-17, including 380 Democrats, 413 Republicans and 112 independents. The poll has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points. The credibility interval for Democrats is 5.7 percentage points, for Republicans is 5.5 percentage points and for independents is 10.6 percentage points.

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