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U.S. Public Doesn't See Saudi Arabia The Way Trump Does

Posted on the 19 October 2018 by Jobsanger
U.S. Public Doesn't See Saudi Arabia The Way Trump Does
U.S. Public Doesn't See Saudi Arabia The Way Trump Does
It has become pretty obvious that Donald Trump loves the authoritarian monarchy of Saudi Arabia. He considers them both a great ally of the United States and a valued customer for his businesses. It's why he is very hesitant to punish the Saudi kingdom for the outrageous murder of a Washington Post journalist.
But the American public doesn't see Saudi Arabia the same way they think Donald Trump does. While 41% say Trump considers Saudi Arabia to be a friend or ally, only 27% of the public thinks that -- a gap of 14 points. And while only 27% says Trump considers Saudi Arabia as unfriendly or an enemy, about 42% of the public thinks that way -- a 15 point gap. And every demographic group disagrees with Trump.
This is going to make it a lot harder for Trump to get away with trying to cover for the Saudi government, or failing to punish them for the murder.
The chart above is from the latest Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between October 14th and 16th of a national sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,273 registered voters). The margin of error for adults is 3.1 points, and for registered voters is 2.8 points.

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