Monday, 30 Mar 2020

Trump’s handling of ISIS raid gets positive marks, changes few minds about him

President Trump gets positive ratings for his handling of the military raid during which Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, but it’s done little to alter broader public perceptions of the president or his approach to foreign policy.

Baghdadi detonated a suicide vest as U.S. special forces closed in on him last week during an operation in northwest Syria. About half the public, 49%, approves of Trump’s handling of the raid, with just 26% disapproving, and the remainder unsure. 

A quarter of Americans say Trump deserves a great deal of credit for Baghdadi’s death, with just under half saying he deserves at least some credit. Another 37% say he deserves not much credit for the outcome, or not at all. (By contrast, in a 2011 telephone poll from Pew Research and The Washington Post, 35% of Americans said Barack Obama deserved a great deal of credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden, and about three-quarters that he deserved at least some.)

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