As President Donald Trump arrives in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum, a new CBS News poll reveals 49 percent of Americans believe Trump made the United States weaker on the world stage while only 32percent believe he made it stronger. 16 percent see Trump having little effect.
But a look at the internal results of the poll shows a deeper divide: that between Democrats and Republicans, who seem to live in two different worlds when it comes to the President. This divisive perception consistently persists in polls.
More than 70 percent of Republicans see America’s position in the world as stronger with Trump in the White House. However Democrats and a slim majority of independents disagree.
Trump pledged to make the military stronger which resonates with his own current political party. 59 percent of Republicans consider it more important for the U.S. to be respected for its military might. Most Democrats think world respect for U.S. policies takes precedence. This divide remains unchanged since May 2003, weeks into the Iraq War, when CBS last asked the question.
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