Poll shows most South Koreans view summit positively

SEOUL • A majority of South Koreans viewed the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump positively, a survey showed.

According to the survey of 1,007 people by Gallup Korea on Thursday, two days after the Trump-Kim summit, 66 per cent of respondents said the summit was well done; only 11 per cent saw the summit in a negative light.

Those who approved of the summit said the unprecedented face-to-face meeting of the two leaders itself was the best outcome of the summit. They also praised the leaders' agreement on denuclearisation and the building of a peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.

Support for South Korean President Moon Jae In - who brokered the summit - and his ruling Democratic Party also picked up after the summit.

Mr Moon's approval rating was 79 per cent last week, up 4 percentage points from two weeks earlier. Support for the Democratic Party gained 3 percentage points to 56 per cent, the highest figure ever recorded by the party.

The Democratic Party won a landslide victory in local elections on Tuesday for 4,016 administrative, legislative and educational posts as well as in by-elections for 12 vacant parliamentary seats.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 17, 2018, with the headline 'Poll shows most S. Koreans view summit positively'. Print Edition | Subscribe