68% of Americans see North Korea as an enemy, says poll

Kim Jong-un with audience

A new YouGov poll indicates that a substantial majority of Americans feel that North Korea is an enemy of the USA.

The new YouGov/Economist poll, conducted between the 6th and 8th August asked US respondents on their attitudes towards a variety of countries, including North Korea, the UK and Russia.

The war of words between the US and North Korea has been increasing in recent days. US president Donald Trump has said North Korea could be met with America’s “fire and fury”, with North Korea responding with talk of a potential missile attack in the direction of the US territory of Guam, according to the BBC.

Donald Trump

The new YouGov poll suggests that 68% of Americans see North Korea as an enemy. A further 12% see Kim Jong-un’s country as unfriendly while 4% see it as friendly and 1% see it as an ally. Republican voters are more likely to call the country an enemy (77%) compared to independents (62%) and Democrats (68%).

The previous YouGov poll conducted at the end of July and start of August indicated that 67% saw North Korea as an enemy. It also found that 10% saw the country as unfriendly. This is a very minor change – within the margin of error – but when this new poll is compared to one from March (19th – 21st) there has been a statistically significant change.

Back in March, just 60% of poll respondents saw North Korea as an enemy while a further 15% saw the country as unfriendly. The shift since then and now might be explained by heightened rhetoric and threats from both sides of the Pacific.

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The full results of the new YouGov/Economist August poll can be accessed here.