Poll: Americans ‘uneasy’ about Trump handling North Korea

Poll: Americans ‘uneasy’ about Trump handling North Korea
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More than half of Americans are not confident in President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's ability to handle growing tensions with North Korea, according to a CBS News poll out Thursday.

Fifty-six percent reported being "uneasy" about Trump's ability to tackle the situation, while 39 percent said that they were "confident" that Trump could handle it.

But confidence in Trump varied drastically based on party identification. Eighty-five percent of Democrats, for example, were not confident in Trump's capabilities, compared with just 20 percent of Republicans. Conversely, 78 percent of Republicans reported confidence in Trump. Only 12 percent of Democrats, on the other hand, were confident. 

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have increased in recent days after the U.S. moved a Navy strike group into the west Pacific near the Korean Peninsula. The move comes amid concerns over the North's advancing weapons program.

North Korea threatened a nuclear strike on the U.S. if provoked, saying the country was willing to use force to respond to any provocations by the U.S.

The CBS News poll also found changing attitudes on Trump's treatment of Russia, with only 35 percent saying he is "too friendly" to the Kremlin — down from 43 percent in February. Forty-eight percent said his treatment of the country is "about right."

Still, the responses were largely along party lines. Eighty-three percent of Republicans said the response was about right, while 62 percent of Democrats said he was still too friendly toward Russia.

Trump's young administration has been roiled by questions about the president and his associates' potential ties to Russia. Those ties, as well as the Kremlin's efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, are the subject of congressional probes and a separate investigation by the FBI.