Poll: Attack North Korea!
Fifty-seven percent (57%) of U.S. voters nationwide favor a military response to eliminate North Korea’s missile launching capability. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that just 15% of voters oppose a military response while 28% are not sure.
Support for a military response comes from 66% of Republicans, 52% of Democrats and 54% of those not affiliated with either major political party. There is no gender gap on the issue as a military response is favored by 57% of men and 57% of women.
The survey was taken prospectively on Friday and Saturday. The key question: “If North Korea launches a long-range missile, should the United States take military action to eliminate North Korea’s ability to launch missiles?”
This demonstrates, yet again, why we don’t conduct foreign policy via polling. Most of the experts believe the consequences of a military attack on the nuclear-armed power would be far worse than doing nothing and that, while undesirable, this is something we can live with. Further, as Don Snow notes, simply building a missile is the easy part. They’ll still need to fabricate “a nuclear warhead that is small and light enough to fit on (and thus be transported by) a missile to target. Primitive nuclear weapons are too big and heavy to put on the tips of missiles.” Ultimately, he notes, this launch “may be the first step toward a big deal, but in and of itself, it should give us cause for mild concern, and not much more.”