Americans Nix War Against North Korea

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in the United States are not in favour of a military invasion of North Korea in the event of a war in the Korean Peninsula, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 46 per cent of respondents oppose this course of action.

Diplomatic relations between the North and South have been strained since the end of the Korean War. A one-mile demilitarized zone has separated the two countries since 1953. About 28,000 American troops are currently stationed in South Korea.

Kim Jong-il has been the de-facto leader of North Korea since the death of his father, Kim Il Song, in 1994. North Korea was branded as part of an “axis of evil” by then United States president George W. Bush in January 2002. In February 2005, the government of North Korea admitted publicly for the first time that it possesses nuclear weapons.

The Government of South Korea has accused North Korea of using a torpedo to sink a ship in March, killing 46 South Korean sailors. North Korea has denied the allegations, and claims that South Korea manipulated the results of its own investigation.

On Jul. 27, Democratic Massachusetts Senator John Kerry called on the U.S. government to engage in direct talks with North Korea, saying, “The underlying security challenges have kept the Korean Peninsula locked in a Cold War for far too long, even as we are fully prepared to deter and defend against any North Korean aggression, a fact underscored by upcoming joint military exercises and the delay of the planned transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea.”

Polling Data

If a war breaks out between North Korea and South Korea, would you support or oppose the U.S. Government authorizing a military invasion of North Korea with the aim of removing the North Korean Government?

Support 36%
Oppose 46%
Not sure 18%

Source: Angus Reid Public Opinion
Methodology: Online interviews with 1,013 American adults, conducted on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, 2010. Margin of error is 2.2 per cent.

Complete Poll (PDF)