Americans support working with North Korea and China to change the current status quo

New American Friends Service Committee/Ipsos Poll finds majority want to work with countries like North Korea and China to change the climate of their relationship.

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  • Jennifer Berg Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Kate Silverstein Media Relations Specialist
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Washington, DC, September 30, 2021

A new American Friends Service Committee/Ipsos poll finds that Americans believe the U.S. government should work with other countries to strengthen our relationship and reduce tensions. Additionally, Americans are in favor of lifting U.S. imposed sanctions for various reasons.

Detailed Findings:

1.     Americans are willing to work with North Korea on various matters.

  • Nearly three quarters of Americans believe the U.S. government should work with North Korea to repatriate the remains of U.S. service members that were left in North Korea after The Korean War (70%).
  • Almost two in three Americans say the U.S. government should work with North Korea to reunite Korean Americans and their North Korean family members (62%).
  • Many Americans say they believe the U.S. government should work with North Korea in some manner

2.     Nearly half of Americans are in favor of lifting sanctions.

  • Male Americans are more in favor of the U.S. government continuing to impose sanctions (43%) than females (22%)
  • Parents are more likely to be in favor of lifting sanctions

3.     Most Americans are in favor of the U.S government engaging in talks with China.

  • Almost two thirds of Americans say the U.S. should engage in dialogue as much as possible to reduce tensions (62%).
  • Over half of Americans believe the U.S. should restart dialogue with China (55%).

About the Study

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 24-27, 2021, on behalf of American Friends Service Committee. For this survey, a sample of 1,004 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English.

The sample for this study was randomly drawn from Ipsos’ online panel (see link below for more info on “Access Panels and Recruitment”), partner online panel sources, and “river” sampling (see link below for more info on the Ipsos “Ampario Overview” sample method) and does not rely on a population frame in the traditional sense. Ipsos uses fixed sample targets, unique to each study, in drawing a sample. After a sample has been obtained from the Ipsos panel, Ipsos calibrates respondent characteristics to be representative of the U.S. Population using standard procedures such as raking-ratio adjustments. The source of these population targets is U.S. Census 2016 American Community Survey data. The sample drawn for this study reflects fixed sample targets on demographics. Posthoc weights were made to the population characteristics on gender, age, race/ethnicity, region, and education. 

Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online non-probability polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points for all respondents. Ipsos calculates a design effect (DEFF) for each study based on the variation of the weights, following the formula of Kish (1965). This study had a credibility interval adjusted for design effect of the following (n=1,004, DEFF=1.5, adjusted Confidence Interval=+/-5.0 percentage points).

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Jennifer Berg

Director, US

Public Affairs

+1 773-251-0171

[email protected]

Kate Silverstein

Media Relations Specialist, US

Public Affairs

+1 718 755-8829

[email protected]  

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The author(s)

  • Jennifer Berg Director, US, Public Affairs
  • Kate Silverstein Media Relations Specialist