A new poll shows that the majority of the South Korean public is still supporting the ongoing deployment of U.S. THAAD missile interceptors in South Korea.
In a Korea Research poll commissioned by KBS and Yonhap News Agency, 51-point-eight percent of those surveyed said they are in favor of the THAAD deployment while 34-point-seven percent said they are against it.
The gap between the opposing opinions decreased from a year earlier, when 67-point-one percent supported the installation of THAAD while 26-point-two percent opposed it.
The majority of supporters of the former conservative ruling Liberty Korea Party(LKP) and its splinter group Bareun Party supported the THAAD deployment at 90-point-nine percent and 87-point-two percent, respectively.
There was also a majority in support of the THAAD deployment among the supporters of the minor opposition People’s Party and those not affiliated with any political party.
However, 51-point-six percent of the supporters of the major opposition Democratic Party said they are against the THAAD deployment.
The survey was conducted on two-thousand-46 people across the country with 14-point-one percent responded to the poll. It had a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus two-point-two percentage points.
More information is available on the National Election Survey Deliberation Commission Web site(nesdc.go.kr).