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62% urge “caution” on Japan-DPRK talks, Yomiuri poll

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun’s nationwide public opinion poll [conducted on March 31–April 1], some 62% of respondents said Japan “should carefully consider” whether to hold a summit meeting with North Korea, while 33% said talks “should be held as early as possible.”

 

Meanwhile, 46% are “optimistic” that recent talks between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping will help resolve issues related to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile development programs, while 48% said they did not have such expectations. In the previous survey conducted on March 9-11, some 56% said they had high hopes for leadership talks between the United States and North Korea, while 41% said they did not.

 

Asked whether the international community should prioritize dialogue or pressure as a means of stopping Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests, 46% selected dialogue, up from 42% in the previous survey. Some 43% said pressure should be emphasized, unchanged from the previous survey. By age group, more than half of respondents in their 40s or younger expressed a preference for “dialogue,” while respondents in their 60s were almost evenly divided between “dialogue” and “pressure.” Those in their 50s and those in their 70s and older favor “pressure.”

 

[Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on March 31–April 1 on a computer-aided random digit dialing (RDD) basis and targeted voters aged 18 or over with calls placed to landline and mobile phone numbers. Valid responses were received from a total of 1,111 persons, including 540 persons (out of the 921 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 571 persons (out of the 1,160 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 59% for landline numbers and 49% for mobile numbers.]

 

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