Trump idea to buy island a no for Americans in poll
No thanks, most Americans say in a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll.
After President Trump told advisers he was interested in buying the world’s biggest island, a semi-autonomous nation affiliated with Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen called the idea “absurd.” Greenland Premier Kim Kielsen said the island was “not for sale.” Trump took offense at Frederiksen’s language – he called her comment “nasty” – and canceled his trip to Denmark planned for next week.
As it turns out, people in the United States seem to be in accord with those in Greenland. By a more than 3-1 margin, 61%-19%, those surveyed say the United States shouldn’t take steps to buy Greenland. Even Republicans, who tend to support the president on most issues, are against the idea, 42%-27%.
Cynthia Lasserre, 81, a Republican from Marrero, Louisiana, finds the whole idea flummoxing. “I wonder why that came out,” the retired teacher says. “It’s like out of the blue.”
“We might as well just invest that money in building infrastructure and helping what we have now instead of messing up Greenland,” says Jose Yanes, 30, a Democrat from California who was among those surveyed.
“There’s 50,000 people that live there, they apparently don’t like the idea of becoming Americans, and they exerted that very strongly,” notes John Hunt, an independent from Kirkland, Washington, who owns a small IT firm. Even so, he likes the idea, though he’s skeptical it will happen. “As far as buying territory, heck, we’ve got a long history of it,” he said.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters Aug. 20-25 has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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In follow-up phone interviews, some of those surveyed weren’t sure what to think.
“If the bigwigs and the intellectuals in Washington think it’s a good deal for us, OK,” says Chris Phann, 38, an Army lieutenant based in Long Beach, California, and a Republican. “But I don’t have an opinion either way.”
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