Over Half of Young People Ignorant About Korean War

      March 25, 2010 08:42

      More than half of South Korea's young people know little or nothing about the defining moment in their country's history, a fresh survey confirms. In a Gallup poll of 1,703 people nationwide over 13 for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, only 60.9 percent of respondents correctly answered that it broke out in 1950, but 39.1 percent did not know when it broke out or gave a wrong answer.

      Among teenagers, 62.9 percent did not know when the war started, and among those in their 20s the figure was 58.2 percent.

      Asked which country was responsible for the war, 43.9 percent blamed North Korea, followed by 16.9 percent for both Koreas, 11.5 percent for Japan and China, 10.9 percent for the U.S., 8.5 percent for the Soviet Union, and 2.3 percent for South Korea.

      Some 43.8 percent feared North Korea could provoke another war while 52.2 percent said there is no such danger. In a similar survey in 1995, the figures were 52.7 percent and 47.3 percent.

      About 70 percent of respondents said they want reunification, 23.9 percent as soon as possible and 47 percent gradually over the next decade.

      But more than a quarter or 26 percent said they like the status quo. The number of respondents who said they do not want reunification more than tripled in about a decade compared to 7.6 percent in a similar survey in 2001.

      The poll conducted on March 5 has a margin of error of 2.4 points and a 95 percent confidence level.

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