Opinions about Korean reunification in South Korea 2007-2016

This statistic shows the change in South Korean people's opinion about the necessity of Korean reunification from 2007 to 2016. In 2016, the share of respondents who answered that the reunification is necessary was 53.4 percent.

In your opinion, is reunification of two Koreas necessary?

NecessaryNeutralNot necessary
2016 53.4%22%24.7%
2015 51%24.3%24.8%
2014 55.9%22.5%21.6%
2013 54.9%21.5%23.7%
2012 57.1%21.6%21.5%
2011 53.7%25%21.3%
2010 59.1%20.6%20.4%
2009 55.9%23.6%20.5%
2008 51.5%23.1%25.4%
2007 63.8%21.1%15.1%
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Release date

February 2017


North Korea, South Korea

Survey time period

2007 to 2016

Number of respondents

1,200 respondents

Age group

19-74 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

Original question: "How necessary to you is the reunification of South Korea and North Korea? How unnecessary is it? Please choose among 'very necessary', 'necessary', 'neutral', 'unnecessary' and 'very unnecessary'."

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