Most Wisconsinites don't approve of Trump foreign policy, Soleimani killing

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A slight majority of Wisconsin residents did not approve of President Donald Trump's decision earlier this year to kill Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, according to a new poll.

Just over half of respondents — 51 percent — disagreed with the statement that "[i]t's about time the U.S. struck back against Iran," the Marquette University survey found, while 43 percent backed the attack. Despite the strike, however, an overwhelming margin of Wisconsinites (61 percent-30 percent) don't think the country is headed toward a major military conflict.

The poll was conducted between Jan. 8-12, beginning five days after Gen. Soleimani was killed in an airstrike in Iraq, and included 800 registered voters. It had a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percentage points.

Approval of President Trump's foreign policy overall, however, didn't move much, increasing slightly from 43 percent last December to 44 percent now. Fifty-three percent do not approve of the way the President's handling international relations.

President Donald Trump's support in Wisconsin shows little signs of change in the latest Marquette University Law School poll.

The survey released Wednesday shows more respondents are against convicting and removing him from office than those who want to see him ousted after the House voted to impeach.

The first poll of the 2020 election year shows voters are nearly evenly divided over whether Trump is doing a good job or not. The president continues to get high marks from voters in his handling of the economy.

The poll's director, Charles Franklin, said there is stability in numbers, particularly with the Democratic primary. Between December and this month, the top three candidates, which are Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, did not change percentages.

"I think the thing for people to watch for is as we are coming up on the Iowa Caucus the first Monday in February and then soon after that the New Hampshire primary, that is when the field of primary candidates really get some shaking up. So. I think this month was the quiet before the storm," he said.

The poll of 800 registered voters had a 4.2 percentage point margin of error.