One in Ten Americans Somehow Likes North Korea

March 13, 2015 Updated: October 5, 2018

A poll came out recently on what nations Americans like and dislike the most. And who would you say was at the very bottom of the list? You got it–North Korea.

The communist/fascist nuke-armed regime totally buried the country’s ratings. But still, almost one in ten Americans had, overall, a favorable impression of North Korea. That’s over 22 million of U.S. adults–almost the population of North Korea.

Just to be clear, the regime does things like killing babies for being half-Chinese and executing people for owning a Bible.

And it gets stranger. In 2001 almost a third of the poll’s respondents rated North Korea favorably.

How is that possible? Well, some people may have actually confused North and South Korea. Since the poll doesn’t ask about South Korea, it wouldn’t be a stretch for a couple of people to make the mistake.

Or maybe some lack the mental fortitude to say “I don’t know” when not being familiar with the realities of North Korea.

In other news, Russia hit rock bottom in the poll compared to previous years, drawing a 24 percent favorability rating, compared to 66 percent in 2002 and 61 percent in 1989.

That’s right, people liked Russia two times more when it was a communist dictatorship on the brink of collapse.

The poll showed four percent of Americans have an unfavorable impression of Canada. Maybe some people are just impossible to please.

Canada aced the poll by a solid margin among the 22 countries included. It was the only country rated “very favorable” by a majority of Americans. Great Britain was second and France, third.

Gallup conducted the poll between Feb. 8–11, 2015 among 837 adults. The margin of error is ±4 percentage points.

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