Japan’s Genron NPO announced the results of its public opinion poll on North Korean missile issues. The poll was conducted in Japan and the United States. Some 37.6% of American pollees said that “North Korea should be recognized as a nuclear power,” barely exceeding the 36.5% who took the opposite stance. Only 12.7% of Japanese respondents thought North Korea should be recognized as a nuclear state, while a full 70.0% of Japanese said it should not be.
This brings into relief that more Americans than Japanese view North Korea’s possession of nuclear arms as nonthreatening to their country.
Some 40.0% of American pollees said they support Japan being armed with nuclear weapons, exceeding the 33.0% opposed. Some 68.7% of Japanese pollees were opposed to the nuclearization of their country. Some 40.6% of American pollees supported South Korea being armed with nuclear weapons, while 32.6% were opposed. Meanwhile, some 68.0% of Japanese pollees were opposed. Some 51.6% of American respondents support deploying American nuclear warheads in Japan and South Korea, while 50.5% of Japanese pollees were opposed. This shows that many Americans are seeking a response premised on North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons.
Asked about President Donald Trump’s handling of the North Korea situation, 58.9% of American pollees and 62.9% of Japanese respondents said that he “is not handling the situation appropriately.” Some 44.2% of Americans and 48.3% of Japanese said that they oppose military action by the United States. Meanwhile, some 32.5% of Americans and 20.6% of Japanese support such action.
The survey was taken in Japan on Oct. 21–Nov. 5 of 1,000 Japanese men and women age 18 or over. The poll was conducted in the United States by the University of Maryland on Nov. 1–6 of 2,000 people age 18 or over.