Poll: Nearly Half Of Americans Support US Military Action Against North Korea

news
U.S. Army photo

Nearly half of Americans believe the tough rhetoric between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea is more than just a war of words, a new poll shows.


Close to 50 percent of the 1,500 people polled in the latest Economist/YouGov survey believed Trump “actually means to attack North Korea” while 45 percent believe Kim intends to do the same to the United States.

The rest of those polled on those questions were relatively split between “just talking tough” and “not sure” hovering between 24 and 29 percent.

Harsh rhetoric between Trump and Kim has escalated in recent weeks in response to Pyongyang’s development of long-range missiles and nuclear arms programs.

Trump told the United Nations last week that the U.S. had no choice but to “totally destroy” North Korea. In a rare public rebuke, Kim called Trump “deranged.”

The respondents mostly believed it was inappropriate for either leader to make such comments but more of them sided with the president.

Seventy-three percent of those surveyed believe Kim’s comments were inappropriate while 48 percent believed Trump’s were unnecessary.

Thirty-six percent found Trump’s comments at the UN, including calling Kim “Rocket Man” to be appropriate.

Forty percent of the respondent said they were “very concerned” about the possibility of the United States getting involved in a full scale war with North Korea while six percent said they were not at all concerned.

Almost half of the respondents either strongly supported or somewhat supported the notion of the U.S. taking military action against North Korea in an effort to end that country’s nuclear program.

Three North Korean soldiers look at the south side as a South Korean soldier stands guard while Korean War veterans from U.N. forces visit to commemorate the 62nd Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, South Korea, Friday, July 24, 2015.Associated Press photo by Im Byung-shik

Thirty-three percent either somewhat opposed or strongly opposed such action with 19 percent reporting no opinion.

Throw the possibility of war with China into the mix and even more responded in support of military action by the U.S. against North Korea. Twenty-six percent said they would strongly support that and 37 percent said they would somewhat support.

Twenty-seven percent of those polled said they identified as liberals in terms of their political viewpoints. The same percentage identified as moderates. Three-quarters of those polled said they were registered to vote.

The poll was conducted from Sept. 24 to 26 from YouGov’s opt-in Internet panel. It has a 3 percent margin of error.

———

©2017 CQ-Roll Call, Inc., All Rights Reserved

Visit CQ Roll Call at www.rollcall.com

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker, a 3rd Infantry Division Soldier who was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment and killed in action in Iraq in 2003, is depicted in a photo illustration alongside the Distinguished Service Cross medal, which he is slated to posthumously receive for his heroic actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 5, 2018, in Pittsburgh, Pa. (U.S. Army)

Editor's Note: This article by Matthew Cox originally appeared onMilitary.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The U.S. Army has announced it will upgrade a former 3rd Infantry Division soldier's Silver Star to a Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery during the unit's "Thunder Run" attack on Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003.

Read More Show Less
KCNA

HANOI (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told the U.S. secretary of state he did not want his children to live with the burden of nuclear weapons, a former CIA officer involved in high-level diplomacy over the North's weapons was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Read More Show Less

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle that made an emergency landing on Wednesday ditched its entire arsenal of live air-to-air missiles before touching down at Portland International Airport, The War Zone reports.

Read More Show Less

Several hundred U.S. troops will remain in Syria after allied forces clear ISIS fighters out of their last stronghold in the country, officials said on Friday.

President Donald Trump announced in December that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria, but Sen. Lindsey Graham has since made a strong push to keep a small residual force along the Turkish border along with troops from European allies.

Read More Show Less
Chris Osman (Photo: _chris_osman_designs/Instagram)

The former Navy SEAL among a group of eight men arrested earlier this week in Port-au-Prince on weapons charges says he was providing security work "for people who are directly connected to the current President" of Haiti.

"We were being used as pawns in a public fight between him and the current Prime Minister of Haiti," said Chris Osman, 44, in a post on Instagram Friday. "We were not released we were in fact rescued."

Read More Show Less