A rare North Korean opinion poll has shed
new light on public attitudes within the isolated country. The Washington-based Center for Strategic
and International Studies says its “Beyond Parallel” opinion poll of North Koreans currently
living in the North shows a clear sense of discontent among citizens. The survey’s key findings show that people
know they do not live in a socialist paradise and that they no longer rely on the regime’s
Public Distribution System for sustenance. It also found that North Koreans are most
unhappy with the government when it undercuts their entrepreneurial activities. The survey,… taken across nine provinces,
was conducted on 36 men and women in all walks of life spanning in age from 28 to 80. The survey is the first of a five-part series
to be published by the CSIS.