THE ASAN PUBLIC OPINION BRIEF
WILLINGNESS TO PAY INCREASED TAXES TO FUND SOCIAL WELFARE
Are you willing to pay additional taxes to fund social welfare?
A slim majority were unwilling to pay more to fund welfare. While 51.6% of Koreans had no desire to pay more taxes for social welfare, 44.4% were willing.
Men and women differed slightly in opinion, with women more critical of tax hikes. Among men, 52.7% were willing to pay more taxes—441.% were unwilling—while just 36.2% of women were willing to pay more taxes versus 58.9% who were unwilling. Women have tended to be more conservative on economic and financial policies, and this may be reflected in attitudes on tax hikes.
Also noteworthy is the difference by party affiliation. While Saenuri Party supporters were almost equally split (willling, 49.5%; unwilling, 46.5%), Democratic Party supporters were more reluctant to pay more taxes (willing, 39.9%; unwilling 57.3%). Ironically, Progressives and opposition party supporters oppose taxation for social welfare while conservatives and ruling party supporters support it.
- The sample size of each survey was 1,000 respondents over the age of 19.
- The surveys were conducted by Research & Research, and the margin of error is ±3.1% at the 95% confidence level.
- All surveys employed the Random Digit Dialing method for mobile and landline telephones.
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The sample size of each survey was 1,000 respondents over the age of 19. The surveys were conducted by Research & Research, and the margin of error is ±3.1% at the 95% confidence level. All surveys employed the Random Digit Dialing method for mobile and landline telephones.
This brief is a product of the Public Opinion Studies Center at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.
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