Poll: Two-thirds of Americans approve of Trump-Kim meeting

Poll finds 62% of Americans approve of Trump's decision to meet North Korean leader.

Ben Ariel,

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

Nearly two-thirds of Americans approve of President Donald Trump's decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, finds a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS and released on Tuesday.

62% of respondents said they approve of the meeting, with 31% saying they disapprove. The President's overall approval for handling the situation with North Korea has climbed from a November low of 35% to 43% now, a new high, according to the poll.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by May.

Trump later said he anticipates "tremendous success" in the meeting. The White House has stressed, however, that any meeting between Trump and Kim would be conditioned on “concrete actions” by Pyongyang.

Tuesday’s poll found that the shift in tone between the White House and the North Korean regime seems to have eased Americans' fears about the threat North Korea poses to the U.S.

Overall, just 39% said the country is an immediate threat to the United States, down from 50% who said so in September, and 63% said they believe the situation can be successfully resolved using only economic and diplomatic efforts, a 20-point increase since September.

There is also less support now among the public for taking military action against North Korea should diplomatic and economic efforts fail to accomplish U.S. goals. While 58% favored military action in that instance in a September poll, just 45% say the same now.

News of the Trump-Kim meeting was surprising, as North Korea has been seeking to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland. Trump and Kim have taunted each other through the media in recent months.

In the most recent of its ongoing missile tests, North Korea launched a Hwasong-15 missile, a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) which officials said can fly over 13,000 km (8,080 miles).

Pyongyang said following the launch that it had test-fired its most advanced missile, putting the U.S. mainland within range, and also declared itself to be "a responsible nuclear power".

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