Poll: America’s Fear of N Korea Is on the Rise

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Source:   —  October 19, 2017, at 5:50 AM

The majority opinion represents a shift since July, when forty-one % of Americans said N Korea was the greatest immediate threat and twenty-eight % cited ISIS.

Poll: America’s Fear of N Korea Is on the Rise

A majority of Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, view N Korea as the most immediate threat to the United States, according to a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll.

The majority opinion represents a shift since July, when forty-one % of Americans said N Korea was the greatest immediate threat and twenty-eight % cited ISIS.

But now, Americans across party lines consent that N Korea poses the most significant threat. A majority of Republicans (fifty-three percent) and Republican-leaners, independents (fifty-three percent) and Democrats and Democratic-leaners (fifty-five percent) agree.

A larger share of Americans also declare they desire a diplomatic rather than military resolution when it comes to N Korea, according to the new poll, which was conducted online from October thirteen through October seventeen.

Earlier this month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated that the United States has "lines of communication" with N Korea. But President Donald Trump tweeted shortly thereafter that Tillerson is "wasting him time trying to deal with Tiny Rocket Man."

Americans, however, are even more decided about their desired path to resolution, with a sixty-four % majority saying the U. S. should mostly utilize diplomacy when dealing with N Korea — up five points since July.

Though Republicans are split on whether they think the U. S. should utilize military action or diplomacy, they've moved slightly more toward diplomacy since July as well, from forty-two % to forty-six percent. Eight in tenth Democrats favor diplomacy, up from seventy-six % in July. A six in tenth majority of independents still favor diplomacy.

Overall, a majority of Americans (fifty-six percent) also object of the way Trump is handling the situation with N Korea, with differences across party lines.

The NBC News|SurveyMonkey National Security poll was conducted from October thirteen through October seventeen, two thousand seventeen, among a national sample of 5.047 adults. Respondents for this non-probability survey were selected from the nearly three million people who get surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Results have an mistake estimate of plus or minus 2.0 percentage points. For full results and methodology, click here.

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