WASHINGTON – Americans seem open to President Donald Trump’s surprise decision to negotiate directly with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, and at the same time are less concerned than in recent months by the threat of the pariah nation’s nuclear weapons.
That is according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, taken after the Trump agreed what would be an unprecedented encounter between an AMERICAN and a North Korean leader.
North Korea has yet to publicly confirm plans for the summit, scheduled for May, but the results of the survey, its potential has eased fears of the war increased last year as the North rapid progress in the nuclear and missile capabilities.
“If you sit down and talk about all things, there can be a resolution to it without starting a war,” said Sarah Dobbs, a 64-year-old retired from Norman, Oklahoma, who described herself as a Democrat and is one of the 48 percent of Americans who are in favor of Trump’s plan to talk with Kim.
“No other president has ever done something this bold. That is the reason why I think: Why not let Trump have?” she said.
The poll found that 29 percent against the plans of the discussions between the two countries, while 21 percent say that they are neither in favor, nor against.
The survey also found an increase in the approval of Trump’s treatment of the relations with North Korea if the focus is shifted from possible US military action to diplomacy. That figure is now 42%, an increase of 34 per cent in October last year to middle of a coarse back and forth between the two leaders.
In September last year, Trump called Kim “the Rocket Man” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea. Kim responded with threats and insults of his own calling Trump “deranged” and a “dotard.” The north Korean minister of foreign affairs suggested that it might be the run of an atmospheric nuclear tests in the Pacific — a threat that is not followed.
Since then, the percentage of Americans who say that they are very or extremely concerned about the nuclear threat of North Korea poses to the U.S. has fallen to 50 percent from 67 percent. It is a decline that has been registered with both Republicans and Democrats. Americans see the threat to have diminished for the U.S. allies Japan and South Korea, as well as the AMERICAN overseas territories such as Guam.
Trump agreed to talk after Kim transferred by South Korean intermediaries an offer to discuss “denuclearisation” and stop nuclear and missile tests. South Korea’s leader is due to his own summit with Kim in April.
Americans are divided about the possible targets of the US. the talks with North Korea. Forty-four percent say the North must completely give up the nuclear weapons, the long-term goal of U.S. policy. Forty percent think the U.S. should consider a deal if the North agrees to make progress in the direction of that goal.
Only 13 percent think that the country would not have to consider a deal with North Korea.
“I would like to see a denuclearisation of North Korea, but I don’t know how feasible that is,” said Aaron Saunders, a 26-year-old medical research associates of Three Rivers, Michigan, which is generally supportive of Trump’s handling of the issue — apart from his tweeting.
Theresa Ferraro, 71, of Lowell, Massachusetts, said a top would make the world safer, but she doubted the chairman of the temperament of the negotiations.
“He talks too much,” she said. “I am outspoken myself, but you should know when to zipper and I don’t think he knows.”
Despite the general accessibility in the direction of the negotiations with North Korea, Americans have mixed views about the direction of U.S. national security. One in three says that it will get better in the coming year. Similar percentages say that it will get worse and stay about the same.
But there are noticeable differences on partisan lines. Two-thirds of the Republicans to expect that the national safety level, while a slightly smaller proportion of Democrats expect it to get worse in the coming year.
The americans have largely negative views about how the U.S. is viewed around the world. About 53 percent think that the respect for the Us will decrease in the coming forward, with only 26 percent expect it to improve. And 48 percent think that the AMERICAN influence in the world will decrease in the next year, in comparison with just 27 percent who believe that it will get better.
Pamela Williams, 69, of New York City, criticism of the Asset to brag about US military power and of what they saw as a flippant attitude to matters of war and peace.
“I have not seen what he has done since taking office that he is taken seriously. Everything is a joke with him,” she said.
The AP-NORC poll of 1,122 adults was conducted March 14-19, using a sample of NORC’s chances on the basis of AmeriSpeak panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 4.2 percentage points.
The respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or over the phone.
AP-NORC Center: http://www.apnorc.org/