Asan Poll

ASAN POLL- The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

THE ASAN PUBLIC OPINION BRIEF

Tax Reform
WILLINGNESS TO PAY INCREASED TAXES TO FUND SOCIAL WELFARE
August 12-14
Are you willing to pay additional taxes to fund social welfare?
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Willingness to pay increased Taxes to 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.

METHODOLOGY

  • 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.

3-day rolling average?
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.


Contact Karl Friedhoff at klf@asaninst.org.

About Experts

Kim Jiyoon
Kim Jiyoon

Public Opinion Studies Program / Center for Public Opinion and Quantitative Research

Dr. KIM Jiyoon is a research fellow in the Public Opinion Studies Program in the Center for Public Opinion and Quantitative Research at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Kim was a postdoctoral research fellow at Université de Montréal. Her research interests include elections and voting behavior, American politics, and political methodology. Her recent publications include “Political judgment, perceptions of facts, and partisan effects” (Electoral Studies, 2010), “Public spending, public deficits, and government coalition” (Political Studies, 2010), and “The Party System in Korea and Identity Politics” (in Larry Diamond and Shin Giwook Eds., New Challenges for Maturing Democracies in Korea and Taiwan, Stanford University Press, 2014). She received her B.A. from Yonsei University, M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Karl Friedhoff
Karl Friedhoff

Center for Public Opinion and Quantitative Research

Karl FRIEDHOFF is a program officer in the Public Opinion Studies Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Prior to joining the Asan Institute, he was a program assistant at the Institute for Global Economics. He earned an M.A. in international commerce at Seoul National University and a B.A. in political science at Wittenberg University. His writing has appeared in the Korea Herald and the Joongang Daily.