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66% are “optimistic” that U.S.-DPRK summit will resolve nuclear issue, Yomiuri poll

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun’s nationwide public opinion poll conducted on May 18–20, some 66% said that the U.S.-DPRK summit scheduled for June will lead to the resolution of nuclear weapons and missile issues. Some 29% said it will not. As for the resolution of the abductions issue, 60% said the meeting will lead to a resolution while 37% thought otherwise.


Asked whether the international community should use dialogue or pressure to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its missile and nuclear weapons development programs, 48% said “dialogue” while 41% said “pressure.” In the previous poll (conducted on April 20–22), 46% said “dialogue” while 45% said “pressure,” although no direct comparison can be made because the phrasing of the questions differed slightly.


Asked if they “approve” of the outcomes of Prime Minister Abe’s summit meetings with the United States, China, and South Korea regarding the North Korea issue, some 63% said yes while 28% said no. Pollees’ views differed by political party supported: some 80% of Liberal Democratic Party supporters said they approve while 53% of independents and slightly under 40% of Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan supporters said they welcome the results.


Some 41% of respondents said that a summit between Tokyo and Pyongyang should be held “as soon as possible” (33% in the poll taken on March 31–April 1), while 55% said” the matter should be considered with caution” (62%).


[Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on May 18–20 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 1,120 persons, including 562 persons (out of the 919 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 558 persons (out of the 1,184 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 61% for landline numbers and 47% for mobile numbers.]



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