In a series of surveys conducted in March 2014, support for the Korea-US alliance remains near its all-time high—93.3 percent stated that the alliance was a necessity. However, the alliance is not only viewed as dealing with the threat of North Korea. Even when a hypothetical reunification was posited, 66.0 percent remained in favor of maintaining the alliance. This suggests that the Korean public has both broader perceptions of threats in the region as well as an expanded view of the scope of the alliance.
The data presented in this report reflects the complexities of the region itself. While there are issues internal to the Korea-US alliance, the expansion of the alliance to deal with regional and global issues will highlight a growing list of challenges. However, the Korean public strongly supports the Korea-US alliance, providing a solid foundation on which to address these challenges.