Almost 2 out of 3 S. Koreans Foresee Negative U.S. Relations due to Trump Administration

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  SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Yonhap) -- More than 60 percent of Koreans believe the Korea-U.S. relations will turn frosty after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office, a recent survey showed Sunday.

   The survey on 1,000 Korean adults showed 64 percent of the respondents expected the relations to get worse in the Trump era. Only 19.1 percent had a positive view and 12.4 percent didn't see much change.

   It was conducted by the Seoul-based Research & Research during Nov. 22-24, two weeks after the U.S. presidential election. The Asan Institute for Policy Studies commissioned the survey.

   By age, people in their 20s-40s turned out to paint a more bleak picture: 68.4 percent of those in their 20s, 71.6 percent of those in their 30s and 67.1 percent of those in their 40s think the relations will turn sour. The negative view was found higher especially among female respondents in their 20s and in their 30s, with 75 percent and 81.6 percent, respectively.

   On a scale of one-to-ten (one being worst) that gauges people's positive perception, the president-elect stood at 3.33, far trailing Barack Obama's 7.31.

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