27 June 2017

News Story: 3 out of 5 S. Koreans optimistic about relations with U.S. - survey

SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) -- More than three out of five South Koreans expect that the relations between South Korea and the United States will improve under the President Moon Jae-in government, a survey showed Monday.

The survey disclosed by the Asan Institute showed that 67 percent of those polled said that South Korea-U.S. relations will get better going forward, with 20.7 percent saying the opposite.

The survey was conducted via phone on 1,000 adults aged 19 or older during June 1-3. It was unveiled days before President Moon is to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Washington later this week.

"This is a very significant change compared to the previous survey done in November last year in which as much as 64 percent of those polled expressed concerns about the bilateral relations," the research said in a report.

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