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ABC News poll finds Biden trusted by majority of Americans on world affairs

WASHINGTON, DC -- In the midst of his first foreign trip since taking office, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds a majority of the American public has a great deal or good amount of trust in President Joe Biden to negotiate on the country's behalf with other world leaders.

That level of trust -- 52% -- roughly tracks the president's overall approval rating, which averages 53%, according to FiveThirtyEight's tracker, and is about equal to the level of trust Americans have in Biden to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin specifically. Still, 3 in 10 Americans, including 70% of Republicans, say they do not trust Biden at all to negotiate with his foreign counterparts, and about 2 in 10 (18%) Americans say they trust the president just some.

A slightly larger majority (57%) say they have confidence in the president to do the right thing regarding world affairs, while about 4 in 10 (42%) do not have much or any confidence in Biden to do so, according to the poll, which was conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News using Ipsos' KnowledgePanel.

In a July 2017 ABC News/Washington Post poll, nearly half (47%) of Americans said they had no trust at all in the self-described "America First" president to negotiate on the country's behalf with other world leaders. Although this most recent ABC News/Ipsos poll found about a quarter (24%) of Americans had no confidence at all in Biden to do the right thing regarding world affairs, for Trump, that figure was closer to 4 in 10 (38%), according to a spring 2017 Pew Research poll.

During his European trip, Biden is emphasizing the message that "America is back," a reference to the tumultuous Trump years, when tensions grew between the United States and longtime allies. Back home, that message is resonating among a plurality of the American public -- 44% of Americans say that under Biden, America's global leadership has strengthened, while 36% say it has weakened. At a similar juncture (in July of Trump's first year in office), the ABC News/Washington Post poll found that about a quarter (27%) of Americans thought America's leadership in the world had gotten stronger while nearly half (48%) thought it had gotten weaker.

The president has several summits on his agenda during this trip, but none is more high stakes than the one with Putin on Wednesday in Geneva, where Biden will aim to strike a very different tone with that country's leader than Trump.

Trump was routinely criticized for being too cozy with the Russian leader, once holding a joint press conference alongside him and seeming to take Putin's word that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election, implicitly rejecting U.S. intelligence agencies' findings to the contrary.

About a third (34%) of Americans, according to this new poll, say they have no trust at all in Biden's ability to negotiate on the United States' behalf with Putin, but nearly half (48%) of Americans said they had no trust in Trump to do the same, according to the July 2017 ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Nearly half the public have either a great deal (26%) or good amount (23%) of trust in Biden to negotiate with Putin. For Trump, just over 3 in 10 (32%) Americans felt the same in July 2017.

Asked about a broad array of long-range foreign policy goals, for which all results can be found here, an overwhelming majority (92%) of Americans say at least some priority should be given to limiting the power and influence of Russia. Four in 10 Americans say this should be given top priority.

There is little partisan difference on this, too: 46% of Democrats and 40% of Republicans think limiting Russia's influence and power should be given top priority while 51% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans think it should be given some priority.

When it comes to how much priority should be given to limiting China's power and influence, however, the partisan gap widens.

Overall, the vast majority (92%) of Americans say this should be given top (45%) or some (47%) priority, but Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to say limiting China's power and influence should be given top priority -- 60% versus 34%.

Throughout his administration, and specifically during this trip, Biden has pitched his foreign policy philosophy as "foreign policy for the middle class," and that message seems to be resonating with the public, according to this ABC News/Ipsos poll.

In the context of long-range foreign policy goals, about two-thirds (65%) of the county say that protecting the jobs of American workers should be given top priority. Among Republicans, this view is stronger than it is among the overall population and Democrats, with 79% of Republicans saying protecting American jobs should be given top priority compared to 57% of Democrats.

The level of priority Americans feel should be given to protecting American workers' jobs ranks almost as high as it does for taking measures to protect the United States from terrorist attacks.

Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) Americans, including 76% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats, say taking measures to protect the country from terrorism should be a top foreign policy priority; about a quarter (26%) say this should be given some priority.

As the crisis at the U.S. southern border continues, immigration remains a more animating issue for Republicans, who continue to criticize the Biden administration's response to the situation.

Only 2 in 10 Democrats say that reducing the number of undocumented immigrants coming to the United States should be given top priority, while about three-quarters (74%) of Republicans say it should be. Overall, less than half (44%) of Americans say this should be given top priority.

And as Biden and the rest of the G-7 leaders pledge to donate 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine doses to low income nations in need, including 500 million from the United States alone, nearly 6 in 10 (58%) Americans say that reducing the spread of infectious diseases should be given top priority among long-term foreign policy goals, with another 37% of Americans saying it should be given some priority.

This ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs' KnowledgePanel® June 11 to 12, 2021, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 509 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 4.7 points, including the design effect. Partisan divisions are 31-25-36%, Democrats-Republicans-independents. See the poll's topline results and details on the methodology here.

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33 Comments

    1. The issue is you ain’t the majority anymore Madmike. Lol. Stfu minority. No status for those that look like you. You all are anomalies and weird. Don’t come to my party. Not welcomed. Anyone that looks like madmike.

  1. An ABC poll? Good laugh. Definitely an outlier bogus poll. But it must still suck that nearly 1/2 polled don’t approve of dementia Joe and his leftist agenda. Biden is too senile to negotiate anything with Putin.

  2. Well, now, I trust Biden- to support terrorists, to send money to Iran, to allow Russia to become a militaristic threat again, to send more of our money and jobs out of the country. That’s just his foreign policy.

    1. You have to realize that the majority of people who support Biden are low intelligence, uninformed CNN cultists who are either dependent on the government for their existence or making millions off the globalisy, socialist agenda that Biden is trying to put into place.

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    1. On the contrary, Bidens a complete embarrassment. He’s an incoherent babbling idiot and he’s taken us back to selling out America and letting every country in the world walk all over us. I miss a President who stands up for America and made us BETTER than every other country. Bidens dead set on making us mediocre and a lower rung on the globalist ladder.

      1. Nice job ArmyPilot. That ought to shut up that moron Charlie Turner for a while. He usually disappears for a while when he’s called out on undisputable facts.

      2. Here we have another white dummy. Armyasswhipe. He ain’t no pilot. They are smart not sitting around gossiping like girls. Go get in line and get a handout like the rest of your folks. Faulty earplugs! Lol

    2. Yeah it was, we had that and now its gone. Now we have another international apologist thats carrying on obamas policy of america bad, the rest of the world good

    1. Sorry. We weren’t discussing Trump. We were discussing the incompetent in chief Biden. We believe in facts. There is no evidence of anything you said. No go back to watching CNN.

        1. Well unlike you I’ve never been to prison and I am leading a highly successful career so your uninformed, low-life liberal propagandist opinion means nothing to me. Now get back to your shed on your dirt farm.

          1. Original maga sees Sucking his brothers dk as a successful carrer. Normal in that breed.

          2. But we are not section 8 welfare queens like you and your Turner aka.

  4. Nonetheless, everyone knows the white madmikes and his breed’s little secrets. Sleep with family, etc. bunch of cross breeders. But they rather focus on others. Lol. Flo ran away with her brother in law is no rare occurrence. It’s a “LIFESTYLE”

  5. Them white local boys like madmike/nado/original/Jeff Allen/ original/ truth mierda/ etc are the byproduct of a breed’s weaknesses. Sobs can’t help themselves. Weird/unwelcomed/disgusted folk.

  6. Mr nice guy. Lol. Yea sure. We know you. And don’t trust you. And don’t care much about you. Keep being mr fake nice guy. Lol

  7. Dementia Joe is nothing but an embarrassment to the U.S. He thinks Queen Elizabeth is his mother. Told reporters he can’t answer any questions because his staff will get mad at him. Jill had to yell at him to pay attention when his senile mind wandered off. he stood at attention and saluted. Joe confused Libya with Syria. Joe was hitting on Boris Johnson’s young wife the whole time. Probably tried to pussy grab at her. There’s more. Just too many gaffes to write.

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