September 25, 2017 – The Jack News released the results of its latest online survey, about how to deal with North Korea.
And in the category of there-are-no-good-options, the result yielded a split between preparing for war, doing nothing, and pressing China to impose sanctions on North Korea.
The question asked was: “What’s the best way for the United States to deal with Kim Jong Un and North Korea?”
Below are the answers, ranked in order of percentage of respondents:
- Prepare for war – 35.8%
- Do nothing and hope a mushroom cloud doesn’t appear – 28.3%
- Press China to impose sanctions – 28.3%
- Impose sanctions – 7.5%
The pessimistic tone echoes other, national surveys of Americans’ attitude toward North Koreans. In a Gallup Poll released on September 15, more backed U.S. military action against North Korea than in 2003, when tensions also were rising with the isolated communist nation.
Asked, “If the United States does not accomplish its goals regarding North Korea with economic and diplomatic efforts, would you favor or oppose using military action against North Korea?”, 58 percent of adults favored, 39 percent opposed, and 4 percent expressed no opinion on the topic.
Republicans were significantly more willing to go to war, as opposed to both independents and Democrats, with the following results:
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|Jan 3-5, 2003|
Reporting on the previous situation, Gallup wrote:
Longstanding tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program came to the surface in 2002, when George W. Bush described North Korea as “a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction, while starving its citizens.” He also grouped it with Iran and Iraq as part of an “axis of evil” that was “arming to threaten the peace of the world.” Later that year, North Korea revealed it had been maintaining a nuclear program in violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
Americans then were considerably more optimistic that the situation in North Korea could be resolved peacefully.
At the time, 72 percent said the economic and diplomatic efforts would be enough to resolve the conflict. That compares to 50 percent who now feel that military action can be averted.