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A Survey on the 16th Presidential Election

President Kim Dae-jung's term of office is coming to an end. The 16th presidential election will be held on Dec. 19. The Post asked 190 DU students about their interest in the nominees and about the way the media is reporting on them.......................................................................Ed.

1. Will you vote on the 16th presidential election day?
 ① Yes (71.6%)
 ② No (28.4%)
1-1. If you selected ② in question 1, what's the reason?
 ① I don't care who will be the president. (10.8%)
 ② There is no qualified candidate. (45.5%)
 ③ It takes too much time to go to vote. (4.5%)
 ④ I'll study instead of going to vote. (1.8%)
 ⑤ Other (37.4%)

The result shows that 72 percent of the respondents will vote in the presidential election. This indicates that most students are interested in this election. And about half the respondents who won't vote said that there is no suitable candidate. Some of the students who chose "⑤ Other" said they expected nothing from a president.

2. Which person do you prefer among the  Presidential candidates?
 ① Chung Mong-joon (34.5%)
 ② Roh Moo-hyun (31.3%)
 ③ Lee Hoi-chang (12.6%)
 ④ Kwon Young-ghil (6.3%)
 ⑤ Other (15.3%)

Presidential candidates are the independent lawmaker Chung Mong-joon, Roh Moo-hyun of the Millennium Democratic Party, Lee Hoi-chang of the Grand National Party and Kwon Young-ghil of the Democratic Labor Party. As you can see in the graph, most DU students prefer Chung Mong-joon and Roh Moo-hyun. Chung has about a 3  percent margin over Roh.

3. Did you decide which person you will vote for?
 ① Yes (42.6%)c
 ② No (57.4%)
3-1. If you selected ① in question 3, what caused you to be attracted to that person?
 ① an election promise (5.1%)
 ② a good impression (19%)
 ③ a platform (progress or conservative) (59.7%)
 ④ a preference for a party (3.3%)
 ⑤ same hometown (2.4%)
 ⑥ other(10.5%)

According to the result, 43 percent of the students know who they will vote for. They mainly consider a candidate's platform. And 19 percent of the students consider the nominees' impression .

4. Do you think that the media has some problems in properly representing the candidates?
 ① Yes (84.3%)c
 ② No (15.7%)
4-1. If you selected ① in question 4, what is the most serious problem of the media?
① support a specified person (49.3%)
② focus too much on the private lives of candidates (43.6%)
③ other(7.1%)
4-2. What do you expect of the media in the way they represent the candidates?

The majority of students answered that the media has some problems in the way they represent the candidates. They want the media to give equal time to all the candidates. Furthermore, the media should not focus on the private lives of the candidates but on their platform and election promises. Some said, "I want the media to give priority to one's personality rather than one's background."

5. What qualification is the most important for a candidate?
 ① to offer clean politics without illegality and corruption (52.7%)
 ② create harmony and end alienation (14.1%)
 ③ political leadership (27.3%)
 ④ improve the possibility of unification (3.7%)
 ⑤ Other (2.2%)

The answers to question 5 indicate that students want a president who offers clean politics without illegality and corruption. Also, they want great leadership of the next president.

Park Jee-young  wldud@dongguk.edu

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