Public perceptions of big businesses and corporate executives has got worse since last year as the recession drags on, according to a survey by the Korea Economic Research Institute.
The survey of 2,000 people shows that only 51 percent have a positive view of corporate executives, compared to 73 percent last year.
Perceptions of big business also declined. In the survey, 63 percent of the respondents said they had positive perceptions of businesses, down from 68 percent last year.
Public perception of the family-owned conglomerates known as chaebol is especially bad. Some 84 percent took a positive view of small and medium-sized businesses, 61 percent viewed big companies favorably and 49 percent looked kindly on state-owned enterprises.
But only 29 percent had favorable views of chaebol. A recent string of corruption and tax evasion scandals involving chaebol chiefs is largely to blame.
The survey was conducted online for the institute by Research and Research.