Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord is very unpopular with Americans. According to a new poll, 59% are opposed (of those, 46% are strongly opposed), while only 28% support his decision (which, somewhat surprisingly, is smaller than the number who say they approve of the job Trump is doing).
Trump claimed that he opposed the agreement because it would kill jobs and hurt the US economy. But Americans disagree — 47% say pulling out will cost US jobs compared to 39% who say it will create jobs. 42% say ending the agreement will hurt the US economy, compared to 32% who think it will help.
Even more telling, 55% (a solid majority) believe that Trump’s decision hurts US leadership in the world, and only 18% say they think it will help the world leadership standing of the US.
18% is pretty much the lunatic fringe. After all, 25% of Americans still believe the sun revolves around the earth, which is especially surprising considering that even the Catholic church has admitted that Galileo was right.
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