S.Koreans Solidly Blame N.Korea for Cheonan Sinking

      October 20, 2010 09:06

      Seven out of 10 South Koreans are now persuaded that the Navy corvette Cheonan was torpedoed by North Korea, a new survey suggests. Published Tuesday by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, the survey shows 68.7 percent of respondents believe that the Cheonan was sunk by the North. Only 8.5 percent said otherwise and 22.8 percent had no opinion.

      That showed significantly more trust in the findings of an international investigation than similar surveys a few months ago.

      According to the poll by Media Research for the institute based on face-to-face interviews with 2,000 adults nationwide from Aug. 26 to Oct. 5, the most confident group were high school graduates, with 71.5 percent, but among those with advanced university degrees the percentage was only 61.5.

      In a Gallup poll in September, 35.7 percent of respondents said they did not trust the result of the international investigation and a mere 32.5 percent believed it.

      Experts speculate that the difference was due in part to the way the survey questions were framed. In the earlier survey, Gallup asked, "Do you trust the result of the probe into the Cheonan sinking?" Whereas the new survey asked, "Who do you think sank the Cheonan?"

      This suggests that while many people believe the North was behind the attack, they have doubts about some parts of the investigation.

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