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Poll: Democrats view President Trump more unfavorably than Kim Jong Un

President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore on June 12 to discussion denuclearization. Democrats current view Trump more unfavorably than Kim. (Kevin Lim/The Strait Times/Handout/Getty Images)

Democrats view President Donald Trump in a more unfavorable light than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, according to a new poll commissioned by The Daily Beast. On the other side of the aisle, Republicans view House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a less favorable light than Kim.

What did Democrats say?

Democrats polled had a worse opinion of Donald Trump (88 percent unfavorable) than of Kim Jong Un (82 percent unfavorable).

Democratic men viewed Kim more favorably (17 percent) than Trump (15 percent), and both Democratic men and women viewed Trump more unfavorably (83 and 92 percent, respectively) than Kim (80 and 83 percent).

What did Republicans say?

Overall, Pelosi fared worse among Republicans (17 percent favorable, 72 percent unfavorable) than Kim Jong Un did (19 percent favorable, 68 percent unfavorable).

None of Pelosi's poll numbers were very positive. Only 12 percent of Democrats and 4 percent of Republicans viewed her very favorably, while 6 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of Republicans had a "very unfavorable" opinion of her. 

Pelosi was also least popular among women, regardless of political affiliation. While Pelosi's overall unfavorablity numbers were about the same for women and men from the same party for both Republicans and Democrats (72 percent, 72 percent, 27 percent, and 26 percent, respectively), men in both parties seem to favor her more than women did (22 percent to 12 percent for Republicans; 55 percent to 39 percent for Democrats). Independent men were more likely than women both to view Pelosi favorably (23 percent to 12 percent) and unfavorably (62 percent to 46 percent).

When it came to media consumed, 15 percent of Fox News viewers had a favorable view of Pelosi, compared to 48 percent for CNN. Sixty-seven percent of Fox viewers had an unfavorable opinion of her, versus 24 percent on CNN.

Just how much approval did Kim Jong un have?

Despite being a foreign dictator, Kim Jong Un is viewed favorably by a fairly large percentage of American adults who took part in this poll.

Kim found his most favorable ratings among Republican men (25 percent). His approval seemed split more on gender than party lines: Democratic men were more likely to view Kim favorably (17 percent) than Republican women (12 percent).

Seventeen percent of Fox News viewers had a favorable view of Kim Jong Un, compared to 14 percent for CNN viewers. Sixty-eight percent of Fox News viewers viewed him in a negative light, compared to 79 percent for CNN.

What else?

James Comey's favorability rating with Republican women (13 percent) was only one point higher than their view of Kim Jong Un's (12 percent).

While opinions for Democrats and Republicans were almost always opposites for most politicians and celebrities mentioned by the poll, there's one thing that both parties can agree on: Most people love Tom Hanks. Hanks had an 84 percent overall approval rating, with 89 percent approval among Democrats and 77 percent among Republicans.

And while Democratic donor Tom Steyer has been laying the groundwork for what political junkies see as a future election bid, not many of the voters polled seemed to have noticed. Seventy-two percent of Democrats and 62 percent of Republicans said that they did not know enough about Steyer to have formed an opinion.


This poll, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of The Daily Beast, looked at 1,000 voting age adults from the United States. The poll was conducted online in English, and includes responses from 339 Democrats, 335 Republicans, and 204 Independents.

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