78% of Koreans Support Reunification

      November 20, 2013 09:23

      Seventy-eight percent of Koreans now support reunification of the peninsula, according to a survey released by the Hyundai Research Institute on Tuesday.

      But the younger people are, the less urgent they believe reunification to be. Support was at only 66.8 percent among those in their 20s, 74.9 percent among those in their 30s, 84.6 percent among those in their 40s, and 84.2 percent among the over-50s.

      Among academics and other experts, support is almost unanimous with 98.1 percent.

      The divide becomes clearer in answer to the more specific question whether reunification would be in the national interest. Some 67 percent of the general public said yes compared to 98.1 percent of experts.

      Most believe it will take more than a decade, with 55.4 percent of the general public and 68.6 percent of experts, followed by six to 10 years.

      Some 19.4 percent of the general public and a mere two percent of experts said reunification is impossible.

      The survey was conducted among 814 ordinary people and 105 experts in October and November, the institute said.

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