The White House’s embrace of sending in troops in the wake of the Paris terror attacks has been a hallmark of President Trump’s foreign policy since his inauguration in January.
But a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows Trump’s administration is far from satisfied with its approach, and that the United States might not be ready for war in the Middle East for years.
The poll, conducted by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, finds that the public is deeply divided on how best to respond to the threat posed by Islamic State militants and other violent groups in the region, with the majority of Americans not yet ready for a direct military intervention.
The survey finds that nearly two-thirds of respondents believe the U.S. should not send troops into the Middle Eastern conflict, a sharp increase from the 59 percent who expressed that view in a July poll.
More than half (53 percent) of Americans say the U,S.
is not ready to send ground troops to fight Islamic State, the most common view among those surveyed.
The majority of respondents also say the United State should not fight another war in Afghanistan, even if it’s in the interests of U.N. peacekeepers, and nearly as many (53%) say the country should not have another war with the Taliban or other violent militants in the country.
And a majority of the public (54 percent) says the U.,S.
could end up sending troops in to fight the Taliban and other groups if the Taliban were to make an early exit from the country, while nearly half (47 percent) say it would be “a bad idea” for the U.-S.
to continue fighting the Taliban.
Trump has been more cautious in his approach to the Middle Kingdom since taking office.
Last week, he ordered airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State and the al Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front, a group that the president has described as “the enemy” and has blamed for the deadly Paris terror attack.
Trump also ordered the first airstrikes against Islamic groups in Iraq since he took office, though the president later said he was “not happy” with the way the campaign was going.
The poll of 1,001 adults was conducted June 27-30 among a random sample of U-S. “
If we want to keep the pressure on and the pressure off, it will be over very quickly.”
The poll of 1,001 adults was conducted June 27-30 among a random sample of U-S.
The margin of sampling error for the full sample is plus or minus three percentage points.
The Washington Post’s Amy Goldstein contributed to this report.