President Trump’s historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June to discuss the rogue nation’s nuclear weapons program was the most significant news event of 2018, according to a new The Hill-Harris daily poll released Wednesday.
Of registered voters surveyed, 22 percent picked the North Korea negotiations in Singapore as the top story for the year, ahead of the 18 percent who picked special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and ahead of the 17 percent who named the controversy around Trump’s former policy of separating families of undocumented immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
That the Trump-Kim meeting was judged the most significant by a plurality of Americans is a bit of a surprise, Republican pollster Jim Hobart said, given how many other major events that have taken place in the months since.
“In the Trump administration, people are so much more tuned into the news than they ever have been,” Hobart said on Wednesday’s episode of Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking.”
He cited his mother as an example of a previously apolitical American who now follows news coverage much more attentively.
“For her entire life, she would have no clue who the White House chief of staff is. Now she knows who it is, who might be the next one, who said ‘no.’ ”
Sixteen percent of the survey’s respondents named the…
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