New Gallup poll: Americans haven’t been this happy with US world-position in over a decade

Democrats may find their fragile dreams of a midterm election takeover in danger.

A new poll indicates Americans are actually pretty happy with the country’s position in the world, and that they haven’t felt this good about it in 13 years. The fact that President Donald Trump may have more than a little to do with that could be a dream-crusher for Democrats. At the least, it is certainly a narrative-buster.

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According to a new Gallup poll this week:

Forty-five percent of Americans are satisfied with the position of the United States in the world, a 13-year high and a 13-percentage-point increase from one year ago, just after President Donald Trump took office. The public is also more likely than it was a year ago to think the U.S. rates favorably in the eyes of the rest of the world.

For Democrats predicting dissatisfied Americans would retaliate against the GOP at the midterm polls, the results don’t bode well.

While only 29 percent think Trump is respected by other world leaders, a majority of Americans – 55 percent – believe the world rates the U.S. favorably.

The high satisfaction with the nation’s world-standing comes amid an active year for Trump internationally. While liberals pull emergency levers over the president’s latest remarks, Americans seem just fine with his tough talk on countries like Iran and North Korea, and his stand on issues from immigration, to international trade and even a decision on relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

“Trump’s inauguration last year was met with public concern that his “America First” policy would be unpopular with other nations and their leaders,” Gallup reported.

“Although the world has soured on U.S. leadership, Americans are now more likely to be satisfied with the United States’ position in the world than at any point in the Obama presidency,” the report stated.

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