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Most Americans Believe NATO Should be Maintained: Poll

Most Americans Believe NATO Should be Maintained: Poll

WASHINGTON - Eighty percent of Americans believe the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) should be maintained despite doubts about the alliance among the Trump administration, a latest Gallup poll has found.
This is sharply up from 64 percent in 1995 when Gallup last time asked the same question, according to Gallup.
But there is big difference in Americans' partisan views of the NATO, as 97 percent of Democrats voice support to the alliance, compared to 69 percent of Republicans. 
When Gallup first asked Americans about their views on NATO in July 1989, 75 percent thought the alliance should be maintained. Americans' support to the alliance dropped to 62 percent in 1991, months before the Soviet Union's formal collapse.
Three years later, support for the alliance increased to 70 percent, but it dipped back down to 64 percent in 1995 during NATO's intervention in the Bosnian War, according to Gallup.
The latest Gallup's poll was conducted on Feb. 1-5 after the election victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
During his campaign, Trump questioned the traditional U.S. commitment to the alliance, referring to it as "obsolete." But he has since backed down from that position after his inauguration in January by reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the NATO and agreeing to attend its summit in May.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed the "unwavering" commitment to the NATO on Saturday during a speech to the European security conference held in Munich, Germany. (Xinhua)