Idahoans are feeling their oats when it comes to U.S. military action in the Syrian civil war, a new poll by Idaho Politics Weekly finds.
Pollster Dan Jones & Associates’ new survey shows that 71 percent of Idahoans support GOP President Donald Trump’s airstrikes in Syria, after that country’s military used deadly nerve gas on its own citizens, many of them children.
And Jones finds that 60 percent of Idahoans “strongly” or “somewhat” support further military action by the U.S. in Syria.
The latest results show that many Idahoans continue to support Trump, who won a healthy majority in the Gem State back in November.
On April 7 Trump ordered a Tomahawk missile strike on a Syrian airfield from which, it was believed, Syrian warplanes flew out of to kill dozens of people in rebel-held territories inside the country.
All told, 59 missiles were fired by two U.S. naval ships off the Syrian coast, killing six Syrian military people on the ground.
-- All Idahoans support the strike, 71-24 percent, with 5 percent undecided.
-- Among Idaho Republicans, support runs 86-8 percent.
-- Democrats are split, 47 for the strikes, 49 percent against.
-- Political independents favor Trump’s actions, 72-27 percent.
The strike was clearly a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop using nerve gas against his people – but the military significance alone was unremarkable.
U.S. officials said the airfield was being used again within days.
Still, Idahoans would support Trump if he decided to increase the use of our military inside of the Syrian war, Jones finds:
-- Among all Idahoans, support for an increased military action runs at 60 percent, 32 percent oppose greater U.S. interaction, and 7 percent don’t know.
-- Idahoan Republicans support increased U.S. intervention, 75-16 percent.
-- Democrats are against it, 53-42 percent.
-- While political independents support Trump taking more military action in Syria, 59-37 percent.
Jones polled 649 adults from May 4-18. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.85 percent.