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Majority of Koreans Feel Proud of Nationality

Posted April. 01, 2008 06:09,   

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Commemorating the 88th anniversary, the Dong-A Ilbo conducted a survey asking Koreans whether they were proud of being Korean. Some 53.9 percent of the respondents said yes, while 37.5 percent of them kept the middle ground. A handful of the participants, or 7.7 percent, responded that they were not proud of their nationality.

The telephone survey conducted by the Korea Research Center on behalf of the Dong-A Ilbo questioned 1,500 adult Koreans living in 16 cities nationwide. The majority of them, or 53.6 percent, answered that they were proud of the 60-year history of Korea as a democratic republic, while 32.3 percent said they felt ashamed of it.

Approximately one in two subjects (53.2 percent) also pointed China as the most influential country that would affect Korea politically, economically and diplomatically for the next thirty years. China was followed by the United States (30.1 percent), the European Union (3.6 percent) and Japan (3.1 percent).

The survey showed that Koreans admire Park Chung-hee most (59 percent) as the most respectable former president. Then, they gave credit to Kim Dae-jung (13.2 percent) and Roh Moo-hyun (11.8 percent).

Some 52.6 percent of them said they had not decided whom to vote for in the upcoming general elections.

But voters were almost evenly split over which party to support in the elections as 46.7 percent of the participants sided with the ruling Grand National Party, while 42.7 percent of them valued the “checks and balances” role of the opposition parties.

According to the survey, President Lee Myung-bak still commanded the majority of citizens, with 52.7 percent of the respondents giving positive marks to Lee. Among those, 6.5 percent give him the highest marks and 46.2 percent gave relatively affirmative opinions. On the other hand, 27.7 percent of them turned a cold shoulder to him. Specifically, 20.1 percent of them generally disagreed with Lee’s policies and 7.6 percent flunked his policies.

In the meanwhile, the vast majority of Koreans, or 61 percent, argued that the South Korean government should refrain from granting further aids to the North Korean regime unless it shows a positive reaction, while a meager 34.7 percent of them supported continuing aid programs even if the regime insisted on its hostile attitude.



mhpark@donga.com