Two U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers fly from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Air Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan via Reuters

A Quinnipiac University poll issued on Thursday shows that 46%, or nearly half of Republican Party supporters in the US back a pre-emptive strike on North Korea by President Donald Trump.

This compares with 41% of Republicans who told the bellwether polling center that they oppose such action.

On the Democratic side, 77% of Democrats opposed a pre-emptive attack, while 16% supported it. 67% of independent voters were in opposition, with 20% in favor.

Overall, 62% of US voters opposed pre-emptive military action by Trump, while 26% were in favor.

Remaining respondents in the poll said they didn’t know or provided no answer.

The widely cited Quinnipiac poll is generally regarded as an accurate measure of US public opinion on politics and world affairs.

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