Most Citizens Are Proud to Be Korean

      March 05, 2015 09:35

      More than seven out of every 10 Korean are proud of their citizenship and a majority say Korea is better than other countries, a poll suggests.

      In a straw poll by Media Research for the Chosun Ilbo on the daily's 95th anniversary, some 73.5 percent of respondents said they are proud to be Korean.

      But older people were markedly more patriotic. Among Koreans over 60, 90 percent were proud, and among people in their 50s 78.1 percent.

      Unusually, 20-somethings (72.8 percent) are prouder than 30-somethings (57.7 percent) and 40-somethings (66.9 percent).

      Some 54 percent agreed that Korea is better than other countries, but 15.4 percent said it is not. Some 29.9 percent were non-committal.

      Again this opinion was more firmly held by older people.

      Some 43.4 percent put Korea in the upper tier of global importance -- 6.6 percent in the top tier and 36.8 percent in the upper-middle tier.

      Some 37.3 percent put their country in the middle tier, 14.4 percent for lower-middle tier, and 3.9 percent in the bottom tier.

      The poll was conducted among 800 adults across the country on Sunday.

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