New Elon Poll results: N.C. opposed to war with North Korea, split on Syrian action

More results this week from the most recent Elon University Poll show North Carolinians’ views on foreign affairs – including conflicts with North Korea and Syria

The live-caller, dual-frame (landline and cell phone) survey of 506 registered voters was conducted April 18-21, 2017 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.36 percentage points..

A majority of those surveyed were against war with North Korea and split on further action in Syria.

“Even when reminded about the threat of nuclear weapons in North Korea, voters in North Carolinians are very hesitant to commit to war,” said Jason Husser director of the Elon Poll in a news release. “Opposition to war in North Korea is almost twice as high in North Carolina as it was nationally in the months leading up to the 2003 Iraq invasion. North Carolina voters today are also far less convinced about the likelihood of a new Korean War than the nation was convinced about the inevitably of the Iraq War back in 2002.”

Though 50 percent of N.C. voters in the poll opposed a war with North Korea to remove nuclear weapons, respondents were split along partisan lines.

Fifty-seven percent of Republicans favored such a war and 26 percent opposed it.

Sixty-seven percent of Democrats opposed such a war and 18 percent favored it.

Independent voters opposed such a war by 53 percent, with 33 percent supporting it.

Opinions were further split on Syria.

Forty two percent of respondents opposed further military action against Syria and 42 percent supported it, with 16 percent saying they didn’t know or it would depend on circumstances.

On the question of whether the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees from Syria, respondents were deeply split along partisan lines.

Sixty-five percent of Democrats surveyed said the U.S. does have that responsibility while just 15 percent of Republicans agreed.

Read the entire report, with information on methodology and cross tabs, here.


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