Poll: Kim Jong Un has higher approval among Republicans than Pelosi
More Republicans view North Korean leader Kim Jong Un favorably than do House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to a poll released Monday.
The Ipsos survey conducted for the Daily Beast found that among Republicans, 19 percent indicated they hold a favorable opinion of Kim, while 17 percent said they have a favorable opinion of Pelosi.
Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said they held an unfavorable outlook on Kim, while 72 percent said they had an unfavorable outlook on Pelosi.
“On a daily basis, President Trump praises this dictator and thug so it only makes sense that his party is following his lead like lemmings over a cliff,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill wrote in an email to The Hill responding to the poll findings.
The spokesman also pointed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) unfavorable rating in the Ipsos poll, saying he “is the most unpopular politician in the country.” The poll found that only 20 percent of all respondents have a favorable opinion of the majority leader.
Republicans have long criticized Pelosi, using her in campaign ads to rally their base. Meanwhile, the survey results involving Kim come just one week after President Trump’s historic summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore, where the two leaders discussed reining in Pyongyang’s nuclear program.
Trump and Kim signed a joint statement at the summit that said the United States would give unspecified “security guarantees” to North Korea and Kim affirmed his commitment to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
The president has touted the meeting with Kim as a success in tweets and public appearances, though the joint statement did not include details as to how the United States would verify that Pyongyang has given up its nuclear weaponry.
Meanwhile, Pelosi in recent weeks has been battling the administration over its immigration policy.
The House minority leader last week criticized the Trump administration for its crackdown on immigrants trying to illegally cross the southern border, which has led to the separation of immigrant children from their families.
The Ipsos survey of 1,000 individuals was conducted June 14-15 and has a credibility interval of 3.5 percentage points.
Updated at 11:59 a.m.
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