August 04, 2017 11:59
Seven out of 10 South Koreans now support the full deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery here, a straw poll suggests.
Pollster Realmeter and traffic radio TBS polled 511 adults on Wednesday, and 71 percent of respondents backed the government's decision to deploy the complete set of THAAD missile interceptors. Only 18.4 percent opposed it and the rest declined to answer.
The government earlier this week said the U.S. can go ahead and deploy four more THAAD launchers that had sat in storage so far, in addition to the two that had already been set up, even though a procedural review is under way. The decision came after North Korea's latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, which may have swung public opinion here.
Among respondents who identified themselves as conservative 80.8 percent were for the government's decision, and the figure was 71.7 percent among self-described centrists and 66.6 percent among progressives.
In all parts of the country more than 60 percent of respondents backed the full deployment. In Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, where the THAAD is stationed, 85.1 percent were in favor, the biggest majority.
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