Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul ‘s foreign policy position is oneof the most unpopular in the whole field of presidentialcandidates, according to a recent YouGov poll.
Paul’s policy of military restraint polled poorly withRepublican voters who appear to favor more hawkish policies, suchas those advocated by Donald Trump. As the GOP frontrunner, TrumphasÂ been a vocal critic of the Iran deal and supports atougher policy toward China, as well as a more intensive bombingcampaign against ISIS.
Just four percent of GOP voters thought Paul would be the best candidate to handle foreignpolicy. PaulÂ had hoped to capitalize on thecountry’s war weariness after the conflicts in Iraq andAfghanistan, as well as skepticism among millennialsÂ offoreign intervention
It may not be surprising that Paul’s attempt to steer theparty away from the neoconservative policies of former PresidentGeorge W. Bush is proving unpopular among GOP stalwarts, YouGovreveals that he even comes out worse compared to Democraticcandidates.
Seven percent of Republicans said theytrustedÂ Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton morewith foreign policy than Paul, who scored four percent. Trump wasby far seen as the best to handle foreign policy, commanding 28percent support.Â (RELATED: Rand Paul: A No-Fly Zone Over Syria Is Aâ€˜Recipe For World War IIIâ€™[VIDEO])
But Paul’s libertarian-leaning policy has failed to evencapture the enthusiasm of the 19 percent of Republicans who believethe Obama administration has been too quick to use military forceabroad.
“Voters like these helped sustain the campaign of RandPaulâ€™s father, former congressman Ron Paul, inthe 2012 election. Touting libertarian and decidedlyanti-interventionist views, the elder Paul won 11 percent of allprimary votes,” saidÂ William Jordan, YouGov’sÂ Electionseditor.
More than half of Republicans want to see the next president usemilitary force abroad more than Barack Obama and 56 percent saidforeign policy would be “very important” to their votefor the 2016 presidential election.
Paul’s campaign has so far failed to gain thetraction that many commentators had expected. He has instead beenbumping along near the bottom of the GOP field with the Real Clear Politics polling average puttingPaul in eighth place at 3.2 percent.