According to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Americans are feeling nervous about the relationship the United States has with Russia, China, and North Korea.
The poll was designed to provide insight into the view the public has on the direction of the U.S.’s ties with strategic rivals, now that Donald Trump has been president for 15 months.
The poll surveyed 1,140 adults on April 11-16, 2018, using a sample drawn from the probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel sample. The panel was created to represent the population of the U.S. “The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4 percentage points.”
American Response to Russia Relations
John Parker, 70, of Fort Lauderdale, said that Trump has opened a can of worms with too many countries at one time. He feels that the president is trying to get the country into trouble.
According to the poll, 56 percent of Americans believe the relationship with Russia will continue to decline over the next year. Thirteen percent believe the relationship will improve.
Eric Brammer, 30, is an information technology specialist from Roanoke, Virginia. He describes himself as a Democrat and expects that tensions with Russia, around the Syrian civil war, will continue to increase. He also suggested that if more allegations are discovered in the Russia probe, there will be growing distrust in the American public, weakening the relationship between the federal government and the people.
Americans React to China Tariffs
Although Trump is attempting to forge a relationship with China, he has imposed some sharp trade differences. Forty-eight percent of the American people think this will weaken the relationship with the Asian giant and it will decline over the next year.
The farmers in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, are worried about new trade tariffs. Those farmers sell their soybeans, corn, and hogs to China. The farmers are expecting the relationship between the U.S. and China to completely deteriorate. One resident stated, “If one side raises taxes and the other side does the same, it’s not going to help either country.”
Trump wants to narrow the trade deficit and has threatened to raise U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods to $150 billion to counteract what he considers unfair trade policies. These threats have fueled American’s fears of a trade war. China has threatened to fight back with its own tariffs on agricultural produce.
Retired neurophysiologist from Miami Beach Marta Vicentini, said Trump did the right thing raising tariffs on China over the theft of “know-how and trade secrets. China has not alternative but to trade with the U.S.”
American Response to North Korea Summit
Vicentini also supports the president’s approach toward North Korea. According to her, the imposition imposed by the sanctions is working and the dictator has agreed to meet because he is afraid the U.S. will resort to military force.
Trump and Kim Jong Un are planning to meet in June. The plan is to create a deal that will allow North Korea to put away their nuclear weapons program.
Forty-seven percent of Americans believe, that despite the summit, the relationship with North Korea will worsen. Republicans appear more optimistic: 40 percent believe relations will improve from where they were next year.
Whether people believe that Trump is doing the right thing when it comes to Russia, China, and North Korea, the response is fear. Does Trump know that he is making the American people feel unsafe?
By Jeanette Smith
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