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Poll: Voters Confident Trump Can Handle North Korea

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:33 AM

Fifty percent of voters have either "a lot" or "some" confidence in President Donald Trump to handle North Korea, up from 47 percent who had some measure of confidence in him last month, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday.

The poll was conducted between May 10-14 — after Trump announced that he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore, but before Pyongyang threatened to pull out of the meeting on Tuesday, unless there was a halt to joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.

Other results from the wide-ranging poll include:

  • Those who have a lot of confidence in Trump in connection with the North Korea situation has increased from 24 percent in March to 28 percent in April and to 31 percent in the new poll. Those who say they have "no confidence at all" in the president has gone down from 34 percent last month to 30 percent in the new survey.
  • When asked how much confidence they have that the U.S. will successfully negotiate with North Korea to stop building its nuclear weapons program, 46 percent say they have "a lot" or "some" confidence, compared with 42 percent who have "not much" or "no confidence at all."
  • Thirty-two percent say Trump should meet with Kim only if North Korea makes concessions on its nuclear weapons program beforehand, while 47 percent say Trump should meet with him regardless of whether Pyongyang does so. Twenty-two percent don't have an opinion.
  • Seventy-four percent of voters consider North Korea as an enemy or unfriendly to the U.S., down from 81 percent in a March poll.
  • Regarding Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, 40 percent of voters said the president made the wrong decision, while 37 percent agreed with Trump on the issue.
  • Trump's overall approval rating went up to 43 percent from 42 percent last week, while 52 percent disapprove of the job he is doing.
  • The Democratic lead in the generic congressional poll has fallen to five percentage points (43 percent to 38 percent) after registering a 7 percentage-point advantage (42 percent to 35 percent) last week.

The poll surveyed 1,993 registered voters and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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