67% of US Opposes Preemptive Strike on North Korea: Poll

And only 37% trusts Trump to handle the situation 'responsibly'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2017 1:29 PM CDT
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange Friday in Huntsville, Ala.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

(Newser) – The majority of Americans oppose a preemptive military strike against North Korea and trust the US military—as opposed to President Trump—to handle current situation "responsibly," the Washington Post reports. The new numbers come from a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll. Here are some of the results:

  • 72% of Americans trust the US military to handle the North Korea situation responsibly.
  • Only 37% feel the same way about Trump.
  • That's still more than the 8% who trust Kim Jong Un to act responsibly.
  • 67% of Americans oppose a preemptive military strike against North Korea.
  • And 69% believe such a military strike would drastically increase the risk of a larger war in East Asia.
  • 32% of Americans support offering North Korea aid money or other financial incentives in exchange for the country giving up its nuclear weapons.
  • 76% support tougher economic sanctions to achieve the same result.
  • Only 39% of Americans support bombing North Korean military targets to convince the country to abandon its nuclear weapons.
  • Overall, Trump's approval rating sits at 39% with 57% of Americans disapproving of his performance.
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