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War-Weary Americans Would Support War with North Korea


A recent Gallup Poll shows that 55 percent of American adults think the US should defend South Korea with US military forces if it’s attacked by North Korea, while only 34 percent said we shouldn’t. What’s more, only 28 percent of those polled think it’s likely that North Korea will directly attack the US in the next six months. That’s majority support for going to war 7,000 miles away in a region few Americans know much about against a country most Americans aren’t convinced is going to attack the US anytime soon.

This comes only a month after Gallup found that 88 percent of Americans ranked “preventing future acts of international terrorism” as a “very important” foreign policy goal, and that an astounding 99 percent believe Iran is a threat to vital US interests. As far as we can tell, that amounts to strong support for US military forces to be involved, if necessary, in a future confrontation with Iran.

Ten years after the invasion of Iraq, a slim but notable majority of Americans support war if necessary with the remaining members of President Bush’s Axis of Evil. Should President Obama decide to take action in either of these theaters, the support is likely there.

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  • Thirdsyphon

    The poll on South Korea was measuring support for a defensive war in the event that South Korea is attacked, so I think it’s inaccurate to suggest that these numbers can be taken as support for a preemptive military strike against Iran, particularly when such support is not reflected in the polls that have actually been taken on this issue.

  • Jim Luebke

    We need to get Missile Defense working first.

  • Luke Lea

    I found it amusing that seven in ten Americans claim they follow the news closely. That doesn’t jibe with those sidewalk interviews conducted by Jay Leno and friends.

    What they probably meant was that they were vaguely aware that the major news media were following these events closely. American public opinion is easy to manipulate. Poll results are even easier.

  • zara

    the support is there but for how long?

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