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Most Koreans Concerned about the Current Situation

Sept 22,1998
Most Koreans are deeply concerned about the current situation. According to a survey the JoongAng Ilbo conducts every September, 80.4% among the respondents replied that the current situation is 'unstable'.
The reasons for concern are due to the economic recession (68.0%), unemployment increase (34.9%), public servants' corruption (28.6%), leaders' irresponsibility (27.0%), labor strikes (12.2%), the ruling party's lack of power sharing (11.6%), the opposition party's obstinacy (5.4%) and distortions by the press (2.1%). In previous surveys, the main reason for concern was related to political issues, but this time it's economic ones.
Fortunately, however, optimistic opinions that the current situation will be 'improved' (53.5%) surpassed pessimistic ones of 'instability' (46.5%).
Regarding the current economic situation, 94.2% among the respondents replied 'difficult'. Already in 1997, 90 % replied 'difficult', the highest level since 1989.
Concerning the economic prospect for next year, 72.6% answered 'gloomy' and 41.8% 'the same as the present'.


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