A NOT-SO-DOCILE AMER­ICA

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

The Amer­i­can at­ti­tude to­ward North Korea ap­pears to be evolv­ing — and not nec­es­sar­ily in a docile direc­tion.

“As North Korea con­tin­ues to launch test mis­siles and is­sue provoca­tive threats against the U.S. and its al­lies in the re­gion, a ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans ap­pear ready to sup­port mil­i­tary ac­tion against that coun­try, at least as a last re­sort. More specif­i­cally, 58 per­cent say they would fa­vor tak­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion against North Korea if eco­nomic and diplo­matic ef­forts fail to achieve the United States’ goals. This is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the 47 per­cent in fa­vor the last time Gallup asked this, in 2003,” re­ports Ly­dia Saad, a Gallup an­a­lyst.

“U.S. at­ti­tudes about strik­ing North Korea are par­ti­san, as they were in 2003. Eighty-two per­cent of Repub­li­cans in the Sept. 6-10 Gallup poll say they would fa­vor mil­i­tary ac­tion if peace­ful means fail, com­pared with 37 per­cent of Democrats. The per­cent­age of Democrats who fa­vor mil­i­tary ac­tion has hardly changed since 2003: 37 per­cent now vs. 41 per­cent then. The ma­jor shift has been among Repub­li­cans, whose sup­port for mil­i­tary ac­tion is up 23 per­cent­age points,” Ms. Saad notes.

Among in­de­pen­dents, 41 per­cent sup­ported mil­i­tary push­back against North Korea in the 2003 poll. The num­ber has since risen to 56 per­cent.

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