According to the opinion poll jointly conducted by the Sankei Shimbun and Fuji News Network (FNN) [on June 16–17], men and women differ in their assessment of the agreement reached at the U.S.-DPRK summit. Moreover, younger age groups differed from other age groups in their view that U.S. President Donald Trump had an edge over Workers’ Party of Korea Chairman Kim Jong Un at the summit negotiations.
Some 56.2% of men said they welcomed the agreement reached at the U.S.-DPRK summit. In contrast, 52.5% of women indicated they did not approve of the agreement.
High percentages of men in their teens and 20s (59.2%) and 30s (67.1%) said they approved of the agreement. Some 15.3% of men in their 50s said they “heartily approved” of the agreement, making it the only age group to have a double-digit figure.
In contrast, high percentages of women in their 30s (51.4%), 40s (55.7%), and age 60 or over (55.0%) said they did not approve of the agreement. No women in their 50s said they “heartily approved” of the agreement.
Some 33.8% of men in their teens or 20s said that Trump had the edge over Kim in the negotiations, exceeding the 25.4% of men in this age group that said that Kim was the better negotiator. Women in their teens or 20s were split with 25.4% selecting Trump and 26.9% choosing Kim. In contrast, 50.5% of women age 60 or over declared Kim the victor.
By political party supported, some 57.7% of Liberal Democratic Party supporters and 51.5% of Komeito supporters said they approved of the summit agreement. Meanwhile, 55.5% of Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan supporters and 62.5% of Japanese Communist Party supporters said they do not approve of the outcome of the summit.
Polls by other media outlets had different findings regarding the U.S.-DPRK summit. In the Asahi Shimbun poll, those approving of the outcome greatly exceeded those opposed, 73% to 19%. In contrast, the Yomiuri Shimbun found respondents split, with 43% welcoming the outcomes and 47% not.
The Sankei-FNN poll found that 53.9% of respondents think Tokyo “should consider with caution the matter of holding a summit with Pyongyang” while the Asahi poll found that 67% of pollees thought Japan “should hold a summit at an early date.”