Over 50% of American citizens are displeased and discontent with the way Donald Trump has handled the situation with Iran, arguing that the President’s actions as commander-in-chief have made the U.S. less safe, Newsweek reports citing results of a new poll released on Sunday.
The ABC News/Ipsos survey was conducted on Friday and Saturday, and aligns closely with the results shown by previous polls conducted by other media outlets.
In the latest poll, 56 percent of respondents told ABC and Ipso that they disapproved of Trump’s handling of Iran policy, while 52 percent said that the President’s decision to carry out a military airstrike to kill Iran’s military commander Qassem Soleimani has made the U.S. less safe overall.
Soleimani was killed on January 3 in a U.S. drone strike targeting his vehicle after he arrived in Iraq. An Iraqi military leader and eight others were also killed in the attack. Democratic lawmakers, and some Republicans, have criticized the President’s decision, which was carried out without informing congressional leaders.
According to Newsweek, critics argue that Trump’s decision has pushed the U.S. closer to war with Iran and was an illegal assassination under international law.