Poll: More blame North Korea's Kim Jong Un over Trump for escalating tensions


Amid rising tensions between the United States and North Korea, people are quick to point the finger at who they feel is to blame for escalating the situation.

While some believe President Donald Trump is responsible, more than twice as many people feel North Korean President Kim Jong Un is at fault, according to a new AOL News survey.

The poll finds 50 percent think the leader of the hermit kingdom is primarily responsible for escalating tensions with America. Meanwhile, 32 percent of those surveyed said both leaders share equal responsibility for the rise in tension. Nineteen percent of respondents said Trump was primarily responsible.

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Trump told reporters during his "working vacation" at his New Jersey golf club last week that the U.S. would respond with "fire and fury" to North Korea if the rogue nation continued to make threats. Just hours before his remarks, reports surfaced that North Korea developed a nuclear warhead that could fit on a missile.

"He has been very threatening beyond a normal state," Trump said. "As I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before."

North Korea's military followed up just two hours later by threatening a missile attack on Guam. Pyongyang said that it would consider striking Andersen Air Force Base with ICBMs "to send a serious warning signal to the U.S."

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The contentious atmosphere between the U.S. and North Korea has helped bolster Trump's approval rating this week. after suffering some of his worst polling results of his presidency last week.

According to Friday's Rasmussen survey, 45 percent of Americans approve of President Trump -- the highest his rating has been in the same poll since July 12.

** Polls conducted by AOL.com do not use scientific sampling. Surveys sample thousands of users and consistently reflect results to polls administered by other outlets.