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Poll: Majority back preemptive strike on North Korea nukes

A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing with a file footage, at Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

President Trump's tough talk on North Korea has apparently emboldened Americans into supporting a preemptive U.S. attack on the communist nation's nuclear weapons.

A new Zogby Analytics poll provided to Secrets found that 52 percent back a U.S. first strike.

"A majority (52 percent) of voters agree that the U.S. must deal with North Korea's nuclear threat and are willing to even support a preemptive strike, as opposed to 36 percent of voters who disagree," said the survey.

The survey also tested the public's view of the Syrian conflict and found that few back sending in U.S. troops to end the civil war.

Only 21 percent supported putting boots on the ground, said Zogby.

"American voters clearly are against sending troops on the ground to Syria. After 16 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, voters are skeptical of the devastation abroad and the lingering effects suffered by tens of thousands of veterans in America," said the poll analysis.

On both issues, Trump supporters are driving the numbers.

On North Korea, Zogby said:

Some of Trump's biggest supporters are also in agreement something must be done about Kim Jong-un and his nuclear capabilities. These include, voters who identify as Catholic (62%), voters who live in the South (57%), voters who earn between $75k-$100k annually (58%), investor class voters (62%), voters who live in small cities (60%), married voters (57%) NASCAR fans (70%), weekly Walmart shoppers (60%) and NRA members (80%).

On Syria, Zogby said:

The groups who were most in favor of sending troops to Syria to defeat Assad are Hispanics (36% agree), Catholics (36% agree), NASCAR fans (40% agree), Walmart shoppers (32%) and NRA members (39% agree).

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com