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N.Koreans most unhappy with state suppression of market, claims poll

Experts cast doubt on sampling representativeness, size, and methodology

North Koreans are most discontent with the government's suppression of the burgeoning market economy and bartering activities, as well as faults in the public distribution system (PDS), polling released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)'s Korea-focused site Beyond Parallel argued on Tuesday.

20 men and 16 women between the ages of 28 and 80 answered the questions in early 2016. The 36 respondents from nine provinces came from different occupations, including a laborer, doctor, company president, homemaker, factory worker, barber, cook, and sauna worker.