Trump's America Is Weaker on the World Stage, Voters Claim in Poll

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Trump's America Is Weaker on the World Stage, Voters Claim in Poll

President Donald Trump isn't exactly popular—his approval rating hovers in the mid-to-high 30s—and Americans aren't just upset about what he's done within the borders of the United States. A majority of voters think he's hurt the country's role in the world, a new poll found. 

Fifty-five percent of voters thought Trump had weakened the U.S. on the global stage, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll published Monday. Eighty-three percent of Democrats felt Trump hurt the U.S. role in the world, as did 59 percent of independents and 17 percent of Republicans. Twelve percent of self-described Trump supporters also said Trump had hurt U.S. standing, while 36 percent of voters thought Trump made America stronger and nine percent were unsure. 

"Even in the past month, his numbers for the image of the United States on the world stage and in his meeting with foreign leaders have declined, including among his GOP base," Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a McClatchy article on the poll. "There is a fine line between showing strength and being confrontational in international matters and President Trump is still trying to find that line."

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The poll surveyed 1,062 adults, 906 of whom were registered voters, from March 22 through March 27. The registered voter subset had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. 

A controversy over Russia has apparently had an effect on how voters view Trump. There is an ongoing investigation on potential cooperation between the former Republican nominee's campaign and Russia, whom the intelligence community has assessed worked to get Trump elected through hacks and a so-called influence campaign. Trump has promised a better relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the fledgling administration has already walked back certain sanctions against the country put in place by former President Barack Obama.

Most voters view a cozier relationship with Putin in a negative light. Forty-eight percent said it was a bad thing for the U.S. in the McClatchy-Marist poll. Thirty-nine percent thought it was mostly a good thing.

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Trump has, in the past, defended Putin despite his record of violently crushing political protests and opponents, including journalists who publish articles critical of the Kremlin. 

"I do respect him," the president said in a February interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. "I respect a lot of people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him."

"Putin's a killer," O'Reilly answered.

"There are a lot of killers," Trump responded. "We've got a lot of killers. What, you think our country is so innocent?"

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