Two-Thirds Of Americans Say North Korea Poses "Very Serious" Threat

It appears the mainstream media propaganda machine is working...

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s assurances this morning may have been in vain: A new poll shows that most Americans believe North Korea poses a serious threat to the US, and an even larger number fear the restive state could pull off a successful nuclear strike.  

According to a CNN poll, almost two-thirds of Americans - 62% -  say Kim Jong Un's isolated dictatorship poses a "very serious" threat to the US, the most since CNN launched the poll back in 2000. The figure increased from 48% in March. Furthermore, 77% say they think North Korea can launch a missile that would be able to hit the US.

And those numbers may already be outdated. The poll was finished on Monday, before Trump promised to retaliate with “fire and fury and…power” – an implicit threat of a nuclear strike – if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un kept threatening the US. Kim responded by threatening to nuke the US territory of Guam. Fears intensified following reports that US intelligence agencies now believe the North possesses a nuclear warhead small enough to fit inside one of its ICBMs, echoing an assessment by the Japanese government. These newfound capabilities would enable the North to reach the US mainland, one of the Kim regime’s long-term goals.

The polling data showed that only 37% of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the North Korea situation.

“Trump merited more negative than positive reviews for his handling of the situation with North Korea. Half (50%) say they disapprove of Donald Trump's handling of it, 37% say they approve and another 13% say they aren't sure about his handling of the issue.”

Yet in a sign that his aggressive rhetoric is resonating with the public, 50% of Americans say the US should take “military action” against the North.

“The public is split on whether the US should take military action in response to the country's recent weapons testing and development, and partisan divisions emerge on questions about how the US should respond. Overall, 50% say they favor taking military action in response to testing of weapons that could reach the US, 43% oppose it. Three-quarters of Republicans favor a military response (74%) but that dips to 47% among independents and 34% among Democrats.”

Americans now believe the North poses a bigger threat than Iran or China.   

With six in 10 people polled calling North Korea a very serious threat, the country is now viewed as a more serious threat than Iran (33%) or China (20%), and is about on par with the perceived threat posed by ISIS (64%). Fewer, however, said they saw the country's military and weapons capabilities as a crisis for the United States (32% saw it that way).”

Most Americans believe that after decades of coddling the Kim regime, China should play a leading role in restraining in neighbor and beneficiary.

“Trump has frequently said that China should take a lead role in dealing with North Korea, and Americans generally agree, with 70% saying that China should take a major role in responding to the weapons testing. But just about as many, 68%, say that the US should take a major role.”

While Tillerson’s reassurances and North Korea’s decision to release a Canadian prisoner seemed the signal détente, at least for now, Trump has reveled in playing bad cop, taunting the North by taking credit for a decision to “renovate and modernize” the US’s nuclear arsenal.

 

Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports that Germany foreign ministry has warned against a “military solution” to the escalating crisis, while Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russia and China to intervene to stave off a nuclear confrontation.

“In comments aimed as much at Mr. Trump as Mr. Kim, the Berlin foreign ministry said that “a military solution” cannot be “the answer in the quest for a nuclear weapon-free east Asia.”

The latest series of hostilities involving the US and the North began after Kim Jong Un launched a series of ICBMS, including a test on the July 4 holiday that prompted the UN to pass new sanctions. Markets have certainly been shaken by the drama, though US stocks remain near record highs. Which begs the question: Will Americans' worries about nuclear annihilation stop them from buying the f**king dip?


 

Comments

The Cooler King (not verified) PT Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:34 Permalink

Here's a REGIONAL SAMPLING of the 2/3rds: THREAT: Nancy Pelosi District ~ "OMG! Could one of those missles hit my vineyards?"THREAT: Maxine Waters District ~ "Impeach Trump before one of those missles hits Tupac's grave"NON - THREAT: Las Vegas District, Steve Wynn ~ "Try it FAT BOY & you won't be laundering any more money in my casinos"THREAT: Illinois/Rahm Emmanuel ~ "Everything is a threat to us because we're so fucked up"THREAT: Hamptons: ~  "If this happens, are we gonna have to switch from sushi to gefilte for our solar eclipse party?"NON THREAT: PA/Ohio/WV/ ~ "I got my oxy, this ain't gonna hurt a bit"THREAT: Chappaqua, NY ~ "These headlines suck because now people are more worried about the Norks than the Russians"THREAT: Washington, DC ~ "COMET Pizza is closed for business"THREAT: Atlanta/Hank Johnson District ~ "Guam gonna tip ovah!"NON THREAT: Fort Knox Kentucky ~ "No use tryin' to pull that Goldfinger shit on us, ain't no gold here anyway. & besides, we have Odd Job as a human shield"

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HenryKissinger… (not verified) Honey-Badger (not verified) Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:31 Permalink

nudge theory 001:Two-Thirds Of Americans...-pay their bills on time ...-shower everyday...-vote for Obama...-[just put some bullshit you want the sheeple to do HERE]the unit previously claimed to have nudged forward the payment of £30m a year in income tax by introducing new reminder letters that informed recipients that most of their neighbours had already paid. https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2015/jul/23/rise-nud…On the advice of the nudge unit, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs tested some new styles of reminder letter, which included a startling statistic: that most people living in the recipient's town or postcode had already paid. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/may/02/nudge-unit-has-it-work…http://www.behaviouralinsights.co.uk

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Mementoil old naughty Thu, 08/10/2017 - 06:57 Permalink

Over the past few months, North Korea has repeatedly threatened the US with nuclear annihilation.these were not just words, they actually made those videos describing how American cities go up in flames.Now, you can think that going to war with North Korea is a bad idea, and that's a legitimate opinion.But saying that North Korea "is not a threat to the US"?That's a little silly.

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Gardentoolnumber5 Common_Law Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:06 Permalink

As John Stormer pointed out in his book, None Dare Call It Treason, the US while attacking NK, under the guise of fighting communism, were at the time practicing communism by feeding the enemy. What a f'ed up way to win a war... winning hearts and minds they call it. Sadly we still see the model being used today and that is exactly why the US can't win a war. Bring the troops home!

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new game lakecity55 Thu, 08/10/2017 - 04:57 Permalink

fake news, 1/2 truths and outright lies(propaganda) is what is fed to a hungry population that CAN'T think critically and question the narrative.plus one for the chicken hawk types and Mic complex that consider humans foder or casualties.real question should be "are we as a human population willing to allow the usa to continue this quest as supreme power that pushes rogue states to these extremes? iran next? the rest of the sane world should be confronting mericas bankers(MIC) and their quest for this one world order bullshit, which will never happen anyways as it is an impossible task. like herding cats or rooting out isis. all fuking bullshit. opposite of trying to co exist. bad vs good. these are just plain and simple; bad people ruling good people that are not holding these fuks accountable. we the people are failing AGAIN...

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veritas semper… Shemp 4 Victory Thu, 08/10/2017 - 13:52 Permalink

Remember that the wars done by a Left Psychopath or a Right Psychopath were always cheered by the majority of the American population.This should tell you something.So,when I hear that the .gov is guilty and the people can't do  anything,I disagree. The people not only allowed all these abominations,but were "proud to be an American"If,on the other hand ,there were millions in the streets protesting wars( and same sex marriages,multiculturalism,the Fed,the bail outs of the banks and so on),maybe ...Every nation has the leadership it deserves.

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Eyes Opened Haus-Targaryen Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:36 Permalink

Anyone who has seen Mark Dice interviewing US citizens & asking them simple basic questions which they have nooo clue about will not be surprised by this headline... they are not just "ill-informed" ... they are willfully & proudly ignorant of the reality they live in...When a citizen thinks Mount Rushmore is in India or Jesus was SHOT ?? by Lee Harvey Oswald in the 1300s its pretty obvious they're a sandwich short of a picnic...SMH...

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