Poll: North Korea summit was a good idea and helped Trump

Trump talks denuclearization, sanctions and Kim Jong Un
Trump talks denuclearization, sanctions and Kim Jong Un


    Trump talks denuclearization, sanctions and Kim Jong Un


Trump talks denuclearization, sanctions and Kim Jong Un 02:07

(CNN)Most American adults say that the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un was a good idea, according to a Monmouth poll released Thursday.

The seven-in-10 who say it's a good idea is up from 63% in late April, including 93% of Republicans, 74% of independents, and 49% of Democrats. Only 20% say it was a bad idea.
The recent poll also shows 46% disapprove of the job Trump is doing as President, perhaps a side effect of the good feelings people have about his efforts on North Korea. The last time Trump's number for disapproval was under 50% was in September 2017, when it remained at 49% for two months. Trump also ties his record high approval rating (43%) in Monmouth polling, which he last achieved in March 2017.
In addition, just under half of respondents (46%) said the meeting made Trump stronger as opposed to those who thought it made him look weaker (13%), with 38% saying it didn't alter his appearance. Kim Jong Un received similar numbers to the President, with 45% saying it made him look stronger, 9% weaker, and 39% saying it didn't change his international stature.
    Still, Americans are split over who gained from the meeting, with 38% saying Kim's country gained more and 39% saying they both benefited equally. Just 9% said the US got the upper hand.
    There is also a split over whether to suspend the joint military exercises with South Korea. Less than half (47%) had heard about Trump agreeing to halting such exercises, which he described as "war games." More (53%) said they hadn't heard about his concession to Kim.
    However, out of all Americans (not just those who have heard about them), 42% think it's a bad idea and 38% say it's a good idea. Of those who had heard Trump's promise to halt the exercises with the South, the number who say it's a good idea increases to 46%.
    While Trump declared Wednesday there is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea, a slight majority (51%) said that it's likely his meeting with Kim will help reduce the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. Republicans are more likely to feel this way at 77%, with only 33% of Democrats agreeing, and 49% of independents.
    The Monmouth University survey was conducted from June 12-13, 2018 among 806 adults. The margin of sampling error is ±3.5%; it is larger for subgroups.