Poll: 2/3 of Americans Think Trump Threats Against North Korea Making Matters Worse
"It's scary," said one respondent of situation large U.S. majority say president is handling very poorly
For creating a situation that is both "scary" and creating widespread nervousness across the globe, a new poll out Wednesday shows that more than two-thirds of Americans think President Donald Trump's war of words with the North Korean government is making matters worse—not better.
The Associated Press-NORC poll found 65 percent think Trump's comments—including calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" and threatening to "totally detroy" the country—have made the situation between the two countries worse. Of those, 45 percent says the president has made made the "much worse," while less than ten percent think he's making the situation better.
"The instability of it all makes me very nervous," said survey respondent Diana Egan, 34, of Los Angeles.
Anthony Leroy Waters, 61, of Wilmington, North Carolina said that while the president "will be somewhere safe" if a war or nuclear conflagration goes off, "We got nowhere to go." Though he lives thousands of miles from even the West Coast, the thought of conflicts is frightening. "It's scary," he said.
Mui Baltrumas, 67, of Evanston, Illinois, meanwhile, said that his disapproval of Trump's behavior stems from his belief that what the president is really doing amounts to a "cheap political diversion."
The AP-NORC poll, with an error margin of +/- 4.1 percent, was conducted Sept. 28-Oct. 2 and used a sample of 1,150 adults drawn from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak panel, designed to be representative of the U.S. population.