Poll: Majority confident in diplomatic solution with North Korea
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Most American voters say they think the U.S. will be able to reach a diplomatic solution with North Korea, but less than half have confidence in President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE to handle the situation, according to a new poll.

A majority of American voters, 65 percent, said in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday that tensions between the U.S. and North Korea will be resolved diplomatically, compared to 16 percent who think it will require military force.

That marks the highest confidence level in a diplomatic solution to date, according to the poll, which found a 6-point rise since another poll in January.

Confidence in Trump to handle relations with North Korea also hit an all-time high in the Quinnipiac poll, but remains underwater. Forty-six percent of voters said they have confidence in Trump, while a majority, 51 percent, said they do not have confidence.


Two-thirds of voters, 66 percent, approve of Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, yet a plurality of respondents — 49 to 44 percent — said they don't think he is prepared for negotiations with the North Korean leader.

In addition, 65 percent of respondents said they doubt North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons, which has been a key selling point for the Trump administration.

A South Korean official announced earlier this month that Trump accepted an invitation from Kim to meet by May and that North Korea has agreed to denuclearization terms.

The White House said the meeting wouldn’t happen “until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea," but later clarified it "fully expects" the summit to take place.

The planned meeting comes after months of increased tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Both country's leaders repeatedly traded insults, while the U.S. also announced new sanctions on North Korea and Pyongyang claimed a successful missile test.

The Quinnipiac survey of 1,291 voters was conducted March 16-20 and has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.