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Leftism on Decline in South Korea Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jan 8, 2014, 09:40 PM

South Korea is witnessing a drop in the popularity of militant Leftist thought.

According to the Korea Herald, "The number of Koreans describing themselves as politically liberal has decreased in the past three years, according to data released by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs on Wednesday. The study also found that the number identifying as conservative or moderate had increased since 2010."

Yoon Hee-woong, head of the public opinion research team at Min Consulting, is quoted as saying that, "the changes (in political leanings) can be attributed to several reasons, including the rising sense of the North Korea threat and the negative image of the progressive political parties."

As reported by the Korea Herald, "Of the 597 people who responded to the survey in 2010, 29 percent said they were political liberals. In 2013, the tally shrank to 24 percent, while moderates and conservatives had risen from 34 percent to 38 percent and from 30 percent to 35 percent, respectively. The tallies reflected a worsening national security environment, an aging population, and a divisive domestic political arena, analysts said."

American conservatives should take heart. For many years, Leftists held power in the ranks of government, education and culture in South Korea for nearly two decades, but eventually progressives alienated a strong base of voters by over-reaching on divisive political and societal issues. Meanwhile, South Korean conservatives , who were fomerly divided factions attacking each other, had learned to overcome their misunderstandings amongst each other and found a way to reach a more united consensus in order to defeat progressives.

To read the entire article from the Korea Herald, link here:

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