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AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump’s North Korea effort

WASHINGTON – A majority of Americans to the approval of the President, Donald Trump’s handling of U.S. relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un. But, the majority do not believe Kim is serious about addressing the international concerns over his country’s nuclear weapons program.

A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Thursday found that 55 percent of Americans in favour of Trump ‘ s diplomacy with North Korea, an increase of 42 percent in March and 34 percent in October last year. It is the highest rating for the Republican chairman of individual behavior on an AP-NORC poll since his inauguration.

The research was carried out immediately after the Trumpet was a one-day meeting with Kim, the first between an AMERICAN and the North Korean leader in six decades of hostility, in which they agreed that North Korea would work in the direction of denuclearization, in exchange for US security guarantees.

The positive feelings about the top under the Americans don’t seem to have made a dent in Trump general approval rating, which stands at just 41 per cent and has not changed substantially since March. The poll was carried out, Trump was embroiled in a controversy over his management of the policy of separating children from their parents after the border agents catch the families crossing into the U.S. illegally.

But even people unhappy with Trump general are willing to admire his efforts at detente with North Korea. In September last year, Trump taunted Kim as “Rocket Man” in a speech at the United Nations, in which he promised “complete destruction of North Korea” if the U.S. was forced to defend itself or its allies. Last week, after a meeting with Kim, he tweeted, “there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

“I hate to give Donald Trump credit, but the fact is that he was able to sit down with the man and possibly get the volume of that threat is rejected significantly,” said Susan Leo, 66, a retired minister of Santa Cruz, California, who supported Democrat Hillary Clinton president.

Still, she added, when they are of the opinion that the big picture, Trump’s presidency is “a nightmare. There is absolutely no integrity in his life and in his presidency of the general.”

Leo is not alone in having such views of the president. While only 9 percent of Democrats and 37 percent of independents approve of how Trump’s performance as president overall, 31 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of independents approve of his work with North Korea.

Americans also have mixed feelings about Trump’s announcement that he would end military exercises with South Korea, while the negotiations with North Korea are ongoing, with approximately 3 in 10 in favor and 3 in 10.

Even if they are basically giving Trump solid reviews for the top, but Americans remain skeptical about what kind of deal he can achieve with a country governed by what he called an “entirely corrupt regime.” Trump’s critics have responded to his confidence in the agreement made with Kim on the summit with reminders that North Korea has never signed a deal that it doesn’t later break.

A majority of Americans — 52 percent — have little to no confidence that the negotiations with Kim will lead North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, while only 12 percent are very or extremely confident. Fifty-five percent think that North Korea is not serious about addressing international concerns over its nuclear weapons program.

Roger D’aquin, a retired security manager from New Orleans who voted for the libertarian candidate Gary Johnson in 2016, said that he thought Trump’s tactics with Kim worked, but added, “I have no confidence that Kim wants to work and wants to get rid of his nuclear weapons.”

“Generally Trump handled that well,” said D’aquin, 50, who said he was glad to hear Trump won the election and that he gave him a “C” for the job so far.

Even among Republicans, just 25 percent say that they are convinced that North Korea finally agree to a deal to give up nuclear weapons. A large majority of the Democrats have little faith in the Kim regime will ever do.

Trump’s meeting with Kim came on the heels of his warlike G-7 meeting with the traditional AMERICAN allies, including Canada and the United Kingdom. After the departure of the meeting in Quebec, Trump attacked Justin Trudeau as “unfair” and “weak” after the Canadian prime minister told reporters his government would retaliate against new U.S. tariffs, it is seen as unfair.

Only 43 percent of Americans in favour of Trump’s treatment of the relations with AMERICAN allies, or of his treatment of the negotiations with other countries, a figure that is similar to his overall approval rating. Only 23 percent of Americans say that they are very or extremely confident in his ability to handle complex foreign policy situations, while 53 percent are not very or not at all for sure.

Asked about the appeal of the possible options to the negotiating table in future talks with North Korea, more Americans say they would be against the advantage of the withdrawal of the U.S. troops from South Korea (41 percent to 29 percent), and providing economic assistance to North Korea (47 percent to 24 percent) in exchange for Kim to surrender his country’s nuclear weapons.

More Americans favor than oppose an end to sanctions that are intended to the border of North Korea economy (37 percent to 27 percent), and a large majority of 69 percent, say they, but the benefit of a treaty marks an official end to the Korean War. There is even support for inviting Kim to the White House, with 39 percent of Americans open to idea that 25 percent against.

Kim Oldfield, 67, of Culverville, California, a registered Independent who voted for the Trumpet, she said, was in order for Kim to come to Washington as part of a nuclear deal.

“Sure, why not,” she said. “There’s a first time for everything.”

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The AP-NORC poll of 1,109 adults was conducted in June 13-18, 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 4.1 percentage points.

The respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or over the phone.

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