Most Americans support Trump assassination of Soleimani

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By a narrow 48% to 43% margin, Americans view the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani as the right decision, according to a new poll.

The Pew Research Center survey found that a clear majority of white Americans (58%) backed the assassination, while clear majorities of blacks (71%) and hispanics (61%) opposed it.

However, a majority (54%) said the Trump administration’s approach towards Iran has increased the likelihood of a major military conflict between the United States and Iran.

Just 17% said the administration’s approach has decreased chances for a major conflict with Iran, while 26% said it has not made much difference.

In assessing the impact of the administration’s policies on U.S. security, 44% said its approach has made the U.S. less safe, while a larger share says either it has made the U.S. safer (28%) or has not made much difference (26%).

The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 8-13 on cell phones and landlines among 1,504 adults, found that only about a quarter of Americans (23%) have a great deal of trust in what the Trump administration says on Iran, while another 22% trust the administration a fair amount.

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A 53% majority say they have not too much trust (18%) or no trust at all (35%) in the administration’s statements on Iran.

Solemaini’s assassination in Iraq two weeks ago brought the United States and Iran to the brink of war with Iran striking U.S. bases in Iraq in response. Since then a de-escalation has taken place which many analysts believe is temporary.

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