Asan Poll

ASAN POLL- The Asan Institute for Policy Studies

THE ASAN PUBLIC OPINION BRIEF

Public Opinion on Social Division
SOCIETAL CONTRIBUTION BY OCCUPATION
July 19-21
How much do the following jobs contribute to society?
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Societal Contribution by Occupation

Respondents believed workers in agriculture/forestry/fishery, the military, homemaking, and blue collar labor contribute greatly to society and professions in religion or politics contribute the least. When asked about the societal contribution of fifteen occupations, 80.6% responded that workers in agriculture/forestry/ fishery contribute “very greatly” or “generally greatly” to society. Next highest in positive responses were, in descending order: Military (75.5%), Homemaker (74.6%), Blue collar worker (74.5%), and Scientist (71.8%).

  Jobs perceived as contributing relatively less to society were in Politics (22.9%), Religion (32.3%), Legal profession (41.4%), and Journalism/Media (45.9%). The respondent’s low opinion for jobs in politics and religion may be explained by the public’s lack of trust in these professions. In June, the Asan Daily Poll found that less than 20% of Koreans express confidence in the legislative branch, judiciary branch, and media. Societal contributions by Doctors (64.2%), Businessmen (63.6%), Teachers (63.1%), White collar workers (59.6%), Civil Servants (51.0%), and Artists (50.6%) were perceived around average.

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.

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The sample size of each survey was 1,000 respondents over the age of 19. The surveys were conducte d 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.