17 July 2017

News Story: Philippines only country in Asia-Pacific region with positive view of North Korea

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By Audrey Morallo

MANILA, Philippines — Despite being concerned about North Korea’s nuclear program, a majority of Filipinos are found to have a positive view of the reclusive country, bucking the region’s distrust of Pyongyang, a study said.

Across the Asia-Pacific Region, only Filipinos have a generally positive opinion of North Korea, with 53 percent of respondents holding a favorable view while 33 percent had a negative sentiment, according to the Spring 2017 Global Attitudes Survey by the Pew Research Center.

This goes against a general trend of regional distrust in North Korea, with at least 45 percent of the people in Indonesia, Vietnam, South Korea, the US, Australia and Japan seeing the country in negative light.

Among the countries surveyed, the Japanese are the most negative on the North, with 94 percent of them holding an unfavorable view, including 78 percent who say that they have a very unfavorable attitude, according to Pew Research.

“In Australia, the US and South Korea, roughly three-quarters or more say they have unfavorable views,” the center said.

The findings are part of Pew's Global Attitudes Survey partially based on face-to-face interviews in five local languages in the Philippines with 1,000 nationally represented respondents from February 26 to May 8, 2017. The survey has a margin of error of ±4.3 percentage points.

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