Original article in Korean is at this link..
A survey has found that just two in ten Koreans believe they can trust strangers.
On the 1st, the National Statistical Office (통계청) published its 2013 study on social trends in Korea (titled 한국의 사회동향 2013), according to which the rate of Koreans saying that they feel positive about interpersonal trust was 22.3% in 2010.
The question asked in the survey was “how much do you expect that other people will use you or treat with good will without harming you?” In response to the question “do you think that you can generally rely on other people, or that you have to be careful?” the rate of the answers “generally trust” and “always trust” fell.
In other surveys on the same question, the top country for interpersonal trust in the OECD was Norway at 60%, followed by Denmark and Sweden at 50%. Korean was 10% below the 22-country OECD average of 32.0%, putting it in 14th place.
Korea also had low trust in public agencies. In 2011 the level of trust in the National Assembly was 31%, and trust in the central government was 56.1%.
However, trust in educational agencies and large businesses stood at 70.9% and 69.0% respectively, considerably high levels.
Regarding law and order and respect for the law, 26.4% believe that others do not properly follow the law, while 2.9% report the same about themselves, showing that people generally believe that they respect the law but others do not.
Regarding public order, other than for properly handling memorial rites (58.0%), no category received 50% approval, from security (31.9%) to banning smoking in public places (30.6%), keeping streets clean (26.0%), and managing traffic (26.0%).
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