to KOREA BAROMETER data center
the globe, South Korea (Korea hereafter) has long been known
as the most prominent of the four dragon states in Asia. Economically,
Korea along with its three neighbors-Taiwan, Hong Kong, and
Singapore-has been transformed from a low-income country into
an economic powerhouse within a single generation. Politically,
it has been transformed from a repressive military dictatorship
into a maturing democracy. Korea is now a country with a population
of 48 million, and a Gross Domestic Product larger than ten
states in the European Union. As the Asian model combining prosperity
with democracy, Korea is a major player in the global waves
of political democratization and economic liberalization.
do the Korean people react to the powerful waves that have been
transforming the way in which they live and interact with the
outside world? The best way for one to address this question
is to ask ordinary Koreans directly and on a continuing basis.
This website introduces a barometer program that monitors and
compares trends in their opinion and behavior in collaboration
with other regional barometer surveys. It also invites and welcomes
collaboration and support for the program.