indeed. many of them were taught, since they were children, that their lives' purpose was to serve their great leader. so eventually many of them ended up believing that the man is/was, indeed, great and was far above them. this principle applies to a lot of things, I guess. I have no idea if the majority thinks that way though, luckily most north-koreans realized the man was a psycho.
I believe the majority did view him as a hero of sorts and this could be due to his way with the public. He would very rarely be seen -- especially in person -- in public, save for the occasional in-school photo op, etc. As such, an air of higher-than-thou mystique surrounded his image to the commoner, heightening his aforemntioned hero status.