Americans Favor President Meeting With U.S. Enemies
by Fairy Tale, Mon Jun 02, 2008 at 02:14:03 AM EDT
This is the result of a Gallup survey published today:
Large majorities of Democrats and independents, and even half of Republicans, believe the president of the United States should meet with the leaders of countries that are considered enemies of the United States. Overall, 67% of Americans say this kind of diplomacy is a good idea.
Among Democrats 79% think it's a good idea to meet with leaders of foreign countries considered as enemies of the US (with 19% thinking it's a bad idea). 70% of Independents believe it's a good idea and so do 48% of Republicans.
The poll was conducted May 19-21, so this is four to six days after Bush criticized the policy at the Israel's Knesset and McCain attacked Obama on the issue. This prompted a strong response from Obama as well as Clinton and other Democrats.
What is more, most Americans believe it is a good idea for the President of the United States to meet with Iran's President:
Although separate Gallup polling shows that few Americans view Iran favorably, and that Iran leads Americans' list of top U.S. enemies in the world, the new Gallup survey also finds high public support for presidential-level meetings between the United States and Iran, specifically.
About 6 in 10 Americans (59%) think it would be a good idea for the president of the United States to meet with the president of Iran. This includes about half of Republicans, a majority of independents, and most Democrats.
Among Democrats 71% think it would a good idea to meet with the President of Iran, and so do 58% of Independents and 48% of Republicans. Again, McCain has shown he is on the wrong side of public opinion. What is more, I think these results indicate that whenever Bush expresses an opinion, he discredits it completely.