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South Koreans in their 30s turn politically neutral: survey

All Headlines 11:52 December 10, 2009

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- An increasing number of South Koreans in their 30s are shifting to the middle of the country's ideological spectrum amid an economic slowdown, a survey showed Thursday.

According to the survey conducted by Seoul's Dankook University, 41.3 percent of those aged between 30 and 39 said they are politically neutral. The share represents an increase of 6.2 percentage points from last year's 35.1 percent.

In the same survey conducted last year, those who described themselves as being liberal or conservative both equaled 31 percent. This year, however, only 26.5 percent said they are liberal and 22.9 percent conservative.

The survey found an ideological shift was common across all age groups but that the trend was the most prominent among those in their 30s.

"People in their 30s, an age group that is the most sensitive to the economy, appear to be isolating themselves from political disputes dividing liberals from conservatives as the economic slump goes on," said Jeon Hyeong-jun, professor of the university's Dankook Center for Dispute Resolution that had the survey.

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