This study analyzes recent claims regarding positive sentiment towards North Korea among South Koreans using cross-sectional public opinion data from the 2004 and 2006 waves of the Asian Barometer. Pro-North Korean sentiments are proposed to be highest among those who feel a stronger sense of common ancestry and language with North Koreans, the wealthy, the younger, those who trust NGOs, those in Seoul and those in the southwest region. I use ordered logistical regression to test hypotheses derived from these propositions. I find support for the southwest hypothesis, though the percentage of South Koreans with these sentiments is actually very low. The results have important implications for relations on the Korean Peninsula and the study of North Korean politics.
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Research Article| May 21 2014
Measuring Pro-North Korean sentiment in South Korea during the Kim Jong-il Era
Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2014) 47 (2): 171–178.
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David A. Owen; Measuring Pro-North Korean sentiment in South Korea during the Kim Jong-il Era. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 June 2014; 47 (2): 171–178. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2014.04.005
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