Only a quarter in new poll say Trump should get Nobel

Only a quarter in new poll say Trump should get Nobel
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Only about a quarter of U.S. voters say that President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Wednesday — considerably fewer than those that say former President Obama deserves the accolade.

According to the survey, 24 percent of registered voters said that Trump deserves the award, compared to 61 percent who said he does not.

On the other hand, 37 percent of respondents said that Obama deserves the prize, while 49 percent said he does not, the poll found. Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, months after entering the White House.

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To be sure, perceptions of whether Trump or Obama deserve the prestigious accolade differed starkly between Republican and Democratic voters in the poll. 

Among Democrats, only 5 percent said that Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, compared to 87 percent who said he does not. Half of Republicans, on the other hand, said they believe Trump deserves the award, while 32 percent said he does not.

Independent voters fell closer to Democrats in their perceptions of whether Trump deserves the prize, with only 19 percent saying he does and 61 percent saying he does not.

When it came to Obama, 67 percent of Democrats said he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, while only 11 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of independents said the same, according to the poll.

Twenty-two percent of Democrats said they thought Obama did not deserve the prize, while 78 percent of Republicans and 51 percent of independents said the same.

The Politico/Morning Consult poll, conducted from May 10-14, surveyed 1,993 voters. Its margin of error is 2 percentage points.

A number of GOP officials have suggested in recent months that Trump should receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear program and lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula. A group of Republican governors signed onto a letter this week expressing support for Trump's nomination to receive the annual prize.

Trump is expected to sit down for talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12. That plan hit some turbulence on Tuesday, however, when Pyongyang threatened to back out of the meeting if the U.S. insisted on "unilateral nuclear abandonment."