WASHINGTON- American voters are nearly split down the middle in their assessment of President Donald Trump’s response to recent North Korean provocations, according to a recent survey released on Wednesday.
The Quinnipiac University Poll said that 45 percent of the respondents believe Trump has dealt effectively with Pyongyang compared with 42 percent who said he has not. Thirteen percent said they were either not sure or did not wish to participate in the survey.
The sampling included 1,062 respondents and was carried out April 12-18. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
North Korea last weekend attempted to fire what U.S. military officials believed to be a medium-range ballistic missile.
The test was carried out in honor of the 105th birthday of the regime’s founder Kim-Il-Sung but the missile exploded shortly after departing from the launch pad.
In the days preceding the launch tensions mounted as reports emerged stating U.S. naval vessels were stationed off the coast of the Korean peninsula planning a retatalitory cruise missile strike against the regime’s launch sites should the test go forward.
The veracity of those reports was later called into question.
North Korean officials warned that they would not rule out the use of nuclear weapons in response to a U.S. airstrike and during celebrations last weekend Pyongyang featured a video simulating a nuclear airstrike against San Fransisco.
American military officials have said they do not believe the missile fired last weekend was capable of reaching the continental U.S.
President Trump has pressured China to use its economic leverage over Pyongyang to force the regime to abandon its nuclear program and has said that the U.S. will consider taking unilateral action if need be.