September 27, 2023

South Korean support for reunification drops to record low, poll finds

Expert says disappointment in results of Seoul’s diplomatic efforts toward North Korea appears to be driving decrease

A new poll suggests that less than half of all South Koreans believe reunification with the North is necessary, the lowest percentage recorded in nearly 15 years.

The Seoul-based Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) surveyed 1,200 South Koreans on inter-Korean issues and found that 44.6% of respondents believe North-South reunification is necessary. The result marks the fourth-straight year that enthusiasm for reunification has dropped and the lowest level since IPUS first conducted the poll in 2007.