Here at home, liberals would like us to believe President Trump has ruined America’s reputation on the world stage. To hear them tell it, policies like the travel ban have received complete international condemnation. Although matters of national security shouldn’t be decided by international opinion, there’s very little truth to this narrative.
Evidence continues to mount that liberals are completely out of touch with the general public — and not just at home, but abroad as well. In Europe, opinion polls showed widespread support for a stricter travel ban than in the United States. And in the wake of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to America, polling in Japan has revealed some surprising results, as well.
The newswire service Kyodo published a poll following Abe’s return to Japan finding that 70 percent of Japanese respondents were “satisfied” with Abe’s visit to the White House and Trump’s estate in Florida, Mar-a-Lago. The New York Times adds that the Kyodo poll found approval of Abe’s work as prime minister generally to be 62 percent, a slight uptick from a month earlier.
The Japanese broadcaster NHK found similar results. NHK’s polls found that 68 percent of Japanese respondents either “somewhat” or “highly” approved of Abe’s time in the United States. Only 27 percent said they either “somewhat” or “highly” disapprove of the visit. Fifty-eight percent said they approved of the job that Abe’s cabinet is doing, three percent more than those who said so in January.The results of the poll are sure to disappoint left-wing activists in Japan, who were calling on their Prime Minister to condemn President Trump: While most in Japan appear pleased with the bilateral meeting, opposition members have used the meeting to condemn Abe for not opposing Trump policies openly — or, in some cases, merely for being too supportive of the United States.
The leader of the mainstream opposition Democratic Party, for example, condemned Abe for not issuing a statement opposing President Trump’s executive order limiting immigration from terror-prone countries: “With the harsh attention focused on the issue, the sight of the Japanese prime minister happily enjoying golf is not something we can be proud of.”
Unfortunately for leftists in Japan, most of their citizens are proud of the Prime Minister’s relationship with the United States. While left-wing politicians have mastered the art of the protest, they have done very little to move public opinion in their direction.
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]