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77 Percent of Americans Approve of President Trump Meeting North Korea's Kim Jong-Un

President Donald Trump smiles during the National Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A vast majority of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, according to a recent poll.

The meeting will take place in Singapore, Trump announced via Twitter on Thursday.

A whopping 77 percent of Americans said they approve of the meeting, according to a CNN/SSRS poll released Thursday. Support for the meeting crosses political lines. Conservatives (83 percent) and Republicans (92 percent) firmly support the meeting, as do liberals (67 percent) and Democrats (62 percent). Seventy-nine percent of independents approve of the decision, according to the poll.

Relations with North Korea have undergone a total reversal since 2017. Even toward the beginning of this year, Democrats, liberal media outlets, and even a few Republicans insisted that Trump’s bold rhetoric against North Korea would spark World War III.

Instead, peace talks between North and South Korea started in January of this year, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited the U.S. president with having “made a huge contribution to make inter-Korean talks happen.” Last month, Jae-in and Kim Jong-Un signed a declaration committing the two Koreas to denuclearization and peace talks to bring a formal end to the Korean War, 65 years after the hostilities ended with an armistice.

Last month, a crowd in Michigan broke out in chants of “Nobel! Nobel! Nobel!” at the mention of North Korea. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have suggested that if North Korea denuclearizes under Kim Jong-Un, the president should receive the Nobel Prize.

In keeping with this sea change in the course of events, Americans have swung heavily in favor of Trump’s handling of North Korea.

In November of last year, only 35 percent approved of the president’s handling of the issue, while 58 percent disapproved. In the most recent poll, a majority (53 percent) said they approve of Trump’s engagement with North Korea, while only 35 percent said they disapprove of it.

This represents a powerful 41-point (!!) swing from a negative 23-point approval rating to a positive 18-point approval rating.

With events like this, the president could push the Republican Party to impressive new victories in the elections this November.