According to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll launched solely to The Hill, a slim majority of surveyed U.S. voters support President Trump’s choice to withdraw American soldiers from Syria and limit the country’s military existence in Afghanistan.

Fifty-two percent of those surveyed specified they back the president’s choice, which stunned the country when it was revealed. Forty-eight percent of participants stated they oppose the withdrawal and reduction of soldiers.

While Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and other Pentagon officials attempted to prevent the president from doing so, Trump revealed last week that he would withdraw soldiers from Syria. In a tweet issued to his personal account, President Trump stated, ” We have actually beat ISIS in Syria, my only factor for existing during the Trump Presidency.”

Sixty-nine percent of those polled in the survey stated it is important that the United States keep soldiers in the Middle East.

When participants were asked if they “think U.S. ground soldiers ought to be kept in places like Syria and Iraq to maintain security in the region” or whether they “believe it is much better to withdraw our troops from such areas,” 54 percent of those surveyed stated it is better to keep troops there, while 46 percent stated U.S. forces should be withdrawn from the location.

After the main announcement, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis mentioned he would be resigning from the Trump administration.

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