Korea, 63 Years Later

As we recently reported, a snapshot of American public opinion last week showed that the majority of Americans favor the U.S. coming to the aid of South Korea should North Korea decide to invade again — as it did in 1950. This comes as no surprise in a general sense, given the evidence showing that a) most Americans have an unfavorable opinion of North Korea, and b) most Americans are worried about North Korea as a threat. …

A review of public opinion data from the Korean War era shows that, as is usually the case when the U.S. gets into a war, initial reaction to the U.S. intervention in Korea in 1950 was positive, with only 20% saying it was a “mistake” to send U.S. troops there. That opinion soured pretty quickly. [cont.]

Frank Newport, Gallup

Recent polls: North Korea & South Korea