Poll: North Korea tops list of greatest US enemies

Poll: North Korea tops list of greatest US enemies
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A majority of Americans now view North Korea as the top enemy of the United States, according to a new poll.

Gallup’s World Affairs survey found that 51 percent said North Korea is America’s “greatest enemy” when asked for an open-ended answer. That number is up from the 16 percent who picked North Korea two years ago, when the Asian nation narrowly topped the U.S. enemies list.

The results of the survey come after a year of heightened tensions between Washington and Pyongyang over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Official testifies that Bolton had 'one-on-one meeting' with Trump over Ukraine aid Louisiana governor wins re-election MORE during his first months in office engaged in public feuds with Kim Jong Un, repeatedly referring to the North Korean leader as “Rocket Man.”

During his first speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly, Trump also vowed to “totally destroy North Korea” should Pyongyang provoke the United States.


Nineteen percent of Americans in the new survey said the greatest U.S. enemy is Russia, which the U.S. intelligence community has publicly accused of attempting to meddle in the 2016 election.

Eleven percent picked China, while 7 percent chose Iran.

The national poll of 1,044 individuals over the age of 18 was conducted from Feb. 1 to 10. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.