Forty-six percent of voters think President Donald Trump is a bigger threat to the United States than North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, while 45 percent say Kim is the greater danger, according to a Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey released on Tuesday.
The survey was conducted after Trump made his first major speech before the United Nations last week, calling Kim “Rocket Man” for his repeated threats of nuclear attack on the United States and urging the international community to increasing its sanctions against Pyongyang to include those nations that trade with it.
Other results from the poll include:
- 69 percent of Democrats say Trump is a bigger danger to the U.S., while 47 percent of independent voters call the president a greater threat and 41 percent cite Kim as more dangerous. Among Republicans, 74 percent say the North Korean leader poses the bigger threat.
- 50 percent of middle aged voters (those between 40 and 64) view Trump as the greater danger, while 43 percent in that age bracket consider Kim the bigger threat.
- Among those 65 years and older, 38 percent call Trump the bigger threat, while 56 percent say it is Kim
- 96 percent of voters who strongly approve of the job the president is doing say the North Korean leader is the bigger threat to the U.S., while among those who strongly disapprove of Trump’s job performance, 87 percent say he is the bigger danger.
- Among all voters, 75 percent agree that North Korea is a vital national security interest for the United States.
The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on Sept. 24-25. The margin of sampling error is 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.