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Poll: Latest NKorea Crisis Hasn't Made US Voters More Hawkish

Poll: Latest NKorea Crisis Hasn't Made US Voters More Hawkish
A photo of a Hwasong-14 long-range missile is displayed on a street in Pyongyang on Aug. 16, 2017, as tensions linger between North Korea and the United States over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development programs. (Kyodo via AP Images) 

By    |   Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:33 AM

Voters are not more galvanized behind military action against North Korea despite President Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric directed at the regime amid rising tensions between the two countries, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult Poll released on Wednesday.

Last month, before the current escalation of tensions, 33 percent of voters supported sending in American ground troops to take control of North Korea, but in the new poll, that support has dropped to 30 percent.

Backing of airstrikes against military targets and suspected nuclear sites in North Korea has also fallen, from 50 percent last month to 47 percent in the new poll.

Both polls asked voters whether they supported a range of options, both diplomatic and military, for dealing with Pyongyang.

Since the first survey, North Korea has tested a ballistic missile that can reach cities in the continental United States and threatened to attack Guam, while Trump vowed to unleash "fire and fury like the world has never seen" if Pyongyang continued threatening the U.S.

But despite that, Morning Consult's co-founder Kyle Dropp said the "escalating rhetoric surrounding North Korea has not notably changed Americans' appetite for engagement" in the last month.

Other details of the poll include:

  • In both the July survey and the new poll, 78 percent of voters said the U.S. should keep up diplomatic efforts to get North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons program.
  • In July, 69 percent supported adding Pyongyang to a list of state sponsors of terrorism, a number which edged down slightly to 68 percent in the latest poll.
  • Trump's "fire and fury" statement was appropriate, according to 46 percent of voters, while 39 percent said it was inappropriate.
  • Three in 10 voters said they have a lot of confidence in Trump to handle threats from North Korea, but 28 percent said they have no confidence in him at all.
  • Nineteen percent have some confidence, and 14 percent said they don't have much confidence in him.

The poll was conducted Aug.10-14, surveying 1,997 registered voters. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.

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Voters are not more galvanized behind military action against North Korea despite President Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric directed at the regime amid rising tensions between the two countries, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult Poll released on Wednesday.
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