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Majority of Americans against cutting US forces in South Korea: poll

Public opinion ahead of election diverges from Trump's talk of troop reductions

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from the 80th Fighter Squadron at Kunsan Air Base takes off during exercises with South Korean forces. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

NEW YORK -- More than six in 10 Americans see the military alliance with South Korea as beneficial to the U.S., with over half wanting to maintain or increase forces there, a new survey shows.

The report by the Washington-based Korea Economic Institute of America, or KEI, also says only 37% of Americans approve of U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of relations with South Korea, with 22% disapproving and 41% unsure.

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