In the Nikkei Inc./TV Tokyo telephone poll [conducted on Aug. 25–27], 44% of respondents said the international community should respond to the DPRK’s nuclear and missile development by “introducing stronger economic sanctions,” exceeding the 37% who support a “resolution through dialogue no matter what.” Compared with the results from the April poll when the same question was asked, sanctions were down 7 points while dialogue was up 7 points. Those saying “military action should be considered” was 14% in both the April and August polls.
By political party supported, almost 50% of LDP supporters thought the international community should beef up economic sanctions, while independents were split with about 40% backing economic sanctions and 40% supporting dialogue.
Some 61% said they are in favor of the Ministry of Defense’s decision to introduce Aegis Ashore, a land-based missile defense system, easily outdistancing the 26% who said they are opposed.
[Polling methodology: The survey was conducted on Aug. 25–27 by Nikkei Research Inc. via random-digit dialing (RDD) to both landlines and mobile phones. It drew 1,044 responses from people aged 18 and older nationwide, for a response rate of 49.0%.]