Most Americans say the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani has
made the United States less safe, a USA Today/Ipsos poll released
More than six in 10 people surveyed said the attack made it more likely
there would be terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland and that the
United States and Iran would go to war. Nearly seven in 10 said it made
it more likely Iran would strike U.S. interests in the Middle East.
President Donald Trump has defended his order to kill Soleimani by
calling it an action "to stop a war," but a majority of respondents, 52
percent, were critical of Trump's behavior with Iran, calling it
More than 40 percent of those polled said they supported the drone
strike at the Baghdad airport which killed Soleimani, 62, last week, but
33 percent opposed it and 25 percent were undecided.
Soleimani led Iran's Quds Force, is part of the Islamic Revolutionary
Guards Corps, which the Trump administration designated as a terrorist
organization in 2019. The United States said in a Jan. 2 announcement of
his killing that his Quds Force was responsible for hundreds of U.S.
and coalition service member deaths.
The online survey of 1,005 adults was taken Tuesday and Wednesday and had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
On Wednesday, more than a dozen missiles launched from Iran struck two
Iraqi military bases where U.S. forces were stationed in retaliation for
Soleimani's killing. Iranian media reported dozens of U.S. troops were
killed, but U.S. officials said no service members were hurt by the
On Thursday, the U.S. House neared a vote on limiting Trump's power to hit Iran militarily.
The United States targeted Soleimani after protesters, angered by deadly
U.S. airstrikes against Kataib Hezbollah, stormed the U.S. Embassy in
Baghdad on New Year's Eve.
The Dec. 29 strikes came after a rocket attack on a military base a
couple days earlier in northern Iraq killed a U.S. Defense Department
contractor, and also injured four U.S. service members and two members
of Iraqi security forces, chief Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said
in a statement.
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