In the Yomiuri Shimbun’s nationwide public opinion poll [conducted on March 22–24], some 45% of respondents said that the international community should place importance on “pressure” in the effort to resolve North Korea’s nuclear and missile issues, slightly higher than the 41% who said that it should place importance on “dialogue.” When the same question was asked in the July 2018 poll, respondents were split with 46% saying “dialogue” and 45% saying “pressure.” In the recent poll, the positions are reversed. In the June 2018 poll taken after the first U.S.-DPRK summit, 48% said “dialogue” and 39% said “pressure.”
It is thought that the fact that no agreement was reached at the second summit held in Hanoi, Vietnam, at the end of February caused “pressure” to exceed “dialogue” in the recent poll. No pact was signed because the leaders could not reach an agreement on complete denuclearization and the removal of sanctions.
Some 62% of respondents in the recent poll said they “approve” of the fact that the United States deferred reaching an agreement with North Korea at the second U.S.-DPRK summit. Of those that said “dialogue” should be prioritized in dealing with North Korea, over half (58%) said that they “support” the outcome. It seems that many respondents are opposed to reaching an easy compromise with North Korea regarding nuclear weapons and missiles issues.
[Polling methodology: The nationwide survey was conducted on March 22–24 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 1,053 persons, including 528 persons (out of the 914 households with one or more eligible voters) for landline numbers and 525 persons (out of the 1,238 persons who answered) for mobile numbers. The valid response rates were 58% for landline numbers and 42% for mobile numbers.]