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Almost 80 percent of South Koreans now trust Kim Jong Un

Last week's meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has had a radical effect on the people of South Korea, Bloomberg reports. Just over a month ago, Gallup found that just 10 percent of South Koreans approved of Kim, but in a new poll by the Korea Research Center released Tuesday, 78 percent of respondents said they trusted the controversial ruler.

Moon is enthusiastically liked in South Korea, where he has an 86 percent approval rating. Respondents to the Korea Research Center poll found a number of moments in the summit between the leaders impressive, including the pledge to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. Thirty percent of respondents said Moon's decision to cross the border was the most impressive part. Nearly 90 percent of South Koreans said the summit was a productive step forward.

The poll reached 1,023 respondents and has a margin or error of 3.1 percent. Read how U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton could potentially sabotage the peace process here at The Week.