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54% support pressure tactics over dialogue for North Korea, 70% “worried” about U.S. president’s stance, Jiji poll

  • November 17, 2017
  • , Jiji , 3:12 p.m.
  • JMH Translation

The November 2017 public opinion poll conducted by Jiji Press has revealed 53.9% of the public supports Japan and the United States in using pressure to deal with North Korea, versus 39.4% who prefer dialogue. At their summit meeting on Nov. 6, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to maximize pressure against North Korea over its nuclear and missile provocations, and the poll results suggest the agreement has obtained a certain level of understanding among the Japanese public.


According to the poll, 25.6% said they think “Tokyo and Washington should give weight to the use of pressure against North Korea,” and 28.3% said they agree with that perspective to some extent. Meanwhile, 12.5% said they think that “priority should be placed on dialogue,” and 26.9% said they were in accordance with that view to some degree.


President Trump has not ruled out using force against the Pyongyang regime. Asked about the President’s stance, 52.8% said it is “a source of concern” and 15.4% said it is “a source of great concern,” compared with 21.1% who said it is “a source of comfort” and 5.6% who said it is “a source of great comfort.”


The interview-based survey was conducted on Nov. 10–13 with 2,000 people aged 18 years or over nationwide. The survey drew valid responses from 63.0% of the respondents.


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