S.Korea poll: 33% rate Japan-S.Korea summit positively, 49% negatively

A poll conducted in South Korea shows that 33 percent of respondents think the recent Japan-South Korea summit produced results, while 49 percent believe it did not.

Gallup Korea conducted the survey over a three-day period through Thursday. One thousand people were questioned. Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol met in Seoul on May 7.

Of those who positively evaluated the meeting, 32 percent said bilateral ties have improved, while 11 percent said progress has been made on the economy and in other fields. Three percent said they welcomed Kishida's remarks.

Of those who negatively assessed the summit, 14 percent said the meeting did not produce any practical benefits, while 12 percent said Kishida did not apologize for historical issues.

Kishida spoke during a post-summit news conference. He said he is heartbroken that many people suffered significantly and were saddened by the harsh environment created during Japan's colonial rule.

Asked whether their impression of Kishida had changed after the summit, 25 percent of the respondents said it had improved, 12 percent said it had gotten worse, and 48 percent said it had not changed.

The Gallup poll also showed that President Yoon's approval rating rose by two points from last week to 35 percent.