By Park Gil-ja and Hahm Hee-eun
More than half of South Koreans welcome a visit to Seoul by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a survey conducted by South Korean polling company Realmeter said this week.
President Moon Jae-in in September proposed that Kim make a reciprocal visit to Seoul during their inter-Korean summit in Pyeongyang.
“Other than those from conservative circles, responses welcoming Kim’s visit were prevalent among all age groups and regions,” Realmeter said.
In a survey of 500 adults in South Korea on their opinions toward Kim’s proposed visit to Seoul, Realmeter found that 61.3 percent welcomed it in the interest of promoting peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula, or nearly twice the figure of those opposed to the idea.
The study also found that 31.3 percent of the respondents considered the reciprocal visit “a disguised form of peace propaganda.”
The poll had a sampling error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.