According to a new Fox News poll, vast majority of voters find President Donald Trump’s escalating rhetoric on North Korea to be “not helpful.” Politico reports.
Seventy percent of respondents in the Fox News survey disapproved of the president’s comments on North Korea, which have included dire warnings of “fire and fury” being unleashed against Pyongyang. Only 23 percent said they felt Trump’s words were improving matters. Threatening military action against North Korea also received strong disapproval, with 27 percent supporting the method and 61 percent instead preferring that the U.S. seek diplomatic options.
In his maiden United Nations General Assembly speech last week, Trump blasted North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, calling him “Little Rocket Man” and threatening to “totally destroy” the country if it continued with its weapons tests in the Korean Peninsula. The country’s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, on Monday said Trump’s words were “clearly a declaration of war.”
Trump on Tuesday defended his comments, saying they were merely a “reply” to Kim for “acting very badly.” An increasing number of voters also disapproved of the president’s handling of North Korea in general, rising from 45 percent who disapproved in July to 50 percent in August and now 55 percent in September.
The Fox News poll sampled 1,017 randomly chosen registered voters via landline and cellphones between September 24 and 26 and had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.