As many as 64 percent of Koreans are in agreement that the passage of the so-called Kim Young-ran law, or the Anti-corruption and Conflicts of Interest Act, in the National Assembly was "something that had to be done," a survey said on March 4.
According to a poll conducted by RealMeter on 500 adult men and women in their age over 19 years through the random-digit dialing method (sampling error of 95% and confidence level between ±4.4% points), 64.0 percent of the respondents answered that the law's passage was a good thing. The percentage of those who said "It was a mistake" was only 7.3 percent, with the share of answers "I don't know" reaching 28.7 percent.
As to a question whether including private school teachers and administrators as journalists in the list of those subject to the law in addition to government officials was a good thing, 69.8 percent responded that it was better than otherwise while the negative answer was 12.0 percent. The ratio of those who said "I don't know" was 18.2 percent.
To a question whether limiting the range of family members subject to the law only to the spouse through an agreement between the ruling party and the opposition, 39.7 percent said in affirmative while 34.7 percent said "no."
Source: The Korea Economic Daily