Americans Reluctant to Call Trump-Kim Summit Successful

A poll conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News showed that Americans’ views of the Singapore summit outcome are more measured than that of President Donald Trump, who said with confidence North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat.

However, their impressions of the meeting are more positive than pre-summit attitudes earlier in the spring, the poll suggests.

President Trump called the summit a success, but Americans are less eager to agree. Over a half, more precisely 55 percent, say it’s too early to tell if the summit was a success for the United States and an almost identical majority (56 percent) says it was too early to tell if it was a success for North Korea.

The poll further shows that around 21 percent believe the June 12 summit was a success for the United States, while nearly 3 in 10 (29 percent) say it was a success for North Korea. Another 16 percent believe it was not a success for the United States, whereas only 5 percent say it wasn’t a success for the North Koreans.

Among the almost 500 surveyed people, just over 4 in 10 (41 percent) say Trump made reasonable compromises at the summit, while about a third (34 percent) say he gave away too much to the North Korean leader. The other 25 percent remained neutral regarding the bargaining that took place at the summit.

As for the possibility that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons, most of the surveyed Americans (53 percent) are not confident it will happen. On the other hand, 41 percent of respondents call it somewhat or very likely. Still, according to CNN, this is an improvement from a poll in April which found that only 30 percent of Americans thought Pyongyang would relinquish its nuclear weapons and 67 percent thought otherwise.

Results also differed across party lines, with almost a half of Republicans deeming the summit a success, and a mere 5 percent of Democrats saying the same.

The Post-ABC poll was taken June 13-15 and surveyed a total of 495 adults with a margin of error on its results of 5.5 percentage points.

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