According to a Gallup poll released on Wednesday, only 43% of Americans trust the federal government to control international and domestic affairs, the lowest score ever recorded by Gallup. Coincidentally, this survey was released the same day that President Obama addressed the nation and outlined his military plans against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The President’s international approval score is also down 6 points from a September polling which took place when Obama was considering airstrikes against the Syrian regime. Unsurprisingly, Democrats have greater trust in Obama than do their Republican counterparts, 70% of Democrats polled in favor of the federal government’s treatment of international and domestic affairs compared to only 27% of Republicans. As to whether or not Obama’s new plans to increase airstrikes against ISIL and send 475 more troops to Iran will affect his domestic and foreign affairs polling will be revealed with the next Gallup poll, which is scheduled to be released on Saturday.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe