Voters Put Priority on Public Safety

A majority of voters are still unclear what promises each party is making or who their candidates are in the local elections on June 4, according to a poll.

The straw poll of 1,000 adults across the country by Media Research for the Chosun Ilbo on Tuesday and Wednesday found that, with the elections less than two weeks away, 82.2 percent have no knowledge of the election promises of parties. A mere 17.8 percent said they know what the promises are.

Asked what matters to them, the biggest proportion or 33.4 percent cited public safety, presumably as a reaction to the ferry disaster off the southwest coast last month.

Only 25.8 percent said they believe ruling or opposition parties will keep their campaign promises to improve public safety, while 70.7 percent who said they have no confidence in the parties.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 23, 2014 10:14 KST