Ideology drives opinions on possible war with North Korea

Utahns are split over whether the U.S. will go to war with North Korea, with slightly more believing we will not, a poll by Dan Jones & Associates finds. Democrats who likely mistrust or don’t like Pres. Donald Trump believe war is more likely, while Republicans believe war is less likely.

Trump’s threats against the oppressive regime of Kim Jong-un have tapered off as of late.

But both Trump and Jong-un have threatened to destroy the other’s country.

In a new survey, Jones asked, on a scale of one-to-5, with 1 being “highly likely” and 5 being “highly unlikely,” the odds of the United States “engaging” in a war with North Korea.

He finds:

— 20 percent believe war is likely.
— 37 percent are neutral, or 50-50 (or a 3 rating).
— While 36 percent said it was unlikely.
— And 4 percent didn’t know.

Utah Republicans are least likely to believe war is coming – 20 percent believe it is, 37 percent are neutral, and 40 percent say unlikely.

Democrats see more danger in Trump’s North Korean threats – 38 percent say war is likely, 36 percent are neutral, with only 25 percent say it won’t happen.

Political independents are about evenly split – 30 percent say war, 30 percent are neutral, and 34 percent don’t believe it will happen.

You see the same shifts by political philosophy:

— 20 percent of those who self-identified as “very conservative” say war is coming.
— 27 percent of “moderates” believe so.
— While 40 percent of “very liberal” say Trump will lead us into a military conflict with Jong-un.

Jones polled 600 adults from Nov. 16-21. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent