Korea Barometer (KOBAR hereinafter) is an academically driven
survey research program launched in 1994. Since then, the program
has regularly conducted nationwide random sample surveys and
generated trend data on mass reactions to the cultural, economic,
political, and social changes taking place within the country.
Principal topics include popular orientations to democracy and
its alternatives; democratization and its consequences; civic
engagements and social trust; economic crises and structural
reform; the perceived quality of private and public life, and
the reunification of the divided nation. By repeating a number
of core questions that were asked in its own earlier surveys
and other regional barometer surveys, the KOBAR aims to chart,
on a continuing basis, the attitudes, beliefs, values, and behavior
patterns of the Korean people. It also aims to compare those
patterns with what has been observed in Asia, Europe, and other
regions of the democratizing world.