By a bare majority, Idahoans believe GOP President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is making the United States safer, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds.
The recent survey by Dan Jones & Associates also shows that Idahoans are mixed over whether they believe the U.S. will go to war with North Korea anytime soon.
Trump has often talked tough about foreign affairs, especially saying that NATO and the United Nations must do more to pay their own way, and that the U.S. is paying too much to support those groups.
He has also exchanged all kinds of threats and insults with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jung un – recently saying that his (Trump’s) nuclear button is bigger than Kim’s.
Here are some of Jones’ numbers:
- 53 percent of Idahoans say they feel “much” or “somewhat” safer because of Trump’s foreign affairs policies.
- 42 percent say they feel less safe because of Trump’s actions.
- 5 percent don’t know.
On a scale of 1-5, with one being highly likely, and five being highly unlikely, Idahoans are split over whether the U.S. will soon go to war with North Korea:
- 24 percent believe it is likely war is coming with the hardline Communist dictatorship.
- 34 percent are neutral – neither believing war is coming or not.
- 40 percent say it is unlikely war with the North is coming.
- And 3 percent said they couldn’t say either way.
Idaho men are more accepting of Trump’s foreign policies than are women:
- 60 percent of men say Trump’s policies are making America safer, while only 46 percent of women believe that.
- While 48 percent of women say Trump’s foreign policies are making the U.S. more vulnerable, and only 35 percent of men say so.
By all accounts, Trump is a partisan-dividing individual. And on this question of U.S. safety abroad, same deal:
- Republicans say Trump’s foreign policies are making America safer, 76-16 percent.
- Democrats say they are making the U.S. more unsafe, 89-8 percent.
- Political independents say Trump’s actions on the foreign front are making America less safe, 52-47 percent.
Finally, Mormon families tend to send their sons and daughters on church missions, often to foreign lands.
- 67 percent of Idaho Mormons say Trump’s foreign policies are making America safer, 25 percent disagree.
Other religions are split on the issue, while those with no religion say Trump is making America less safe, 68-28 percent.
Jones polled 619 adults from Nov. 8-15. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.94 percent statewide.