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For the first time, most Americans are ready to deploy troops to defend South Korea

Americans are increasingly willing to put U.S. boots on the ground to fight for South Korea in the event of a North Korean invasion, new poll results released Monday by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs reveal. In fact, for the first time since the organization began polling on this question in 1990, a majority of Americans — 62 percent — are ready to go to war for South Korea.

Pre-emptive military action against North Korea to stop its development of nuclear weapons is significantly less popular: Only 28 percent of Americans support sending U.S. forces into North Korea to destroy its weapons development facilities, though 4 in 10 would back airstrikes to take them out. On both options, Republicans are more enthusiastic about military action than Democrats, with a majority (54 percent) supporting airstrikes.