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Poll finds 9 in 10 Koreans feeling climate change firsthand

National 15:43 January 04, 2022

SEOUL, Jan. 4 (Yonhap) -- Nine out of 10 South Koreans feel climate change firsthand and are willing to accept any inconvenience caused by policies to solve the problem, a poll showed Tuesday.

According to the poll of 1,000 adults nationwide by a civic group, 89.2 percent answered that they actually feel the effects of the climate crisis and 88.5 percent expressed a willingness to accept the inconvenience of policies introduced to address the crisis.

This composite photo from Yonhap News TV depicts global climate change. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The poll was conducted by pollster Research View from Dec. 14-18 at the request of the Asian Citizen's Center for Environment and Health and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points with a confidence level of 95 percent.

Regarding a multiple answer question on how to solve the climate crisis, 74.4 percent said they will switch to electric or hydrogen vehicles, it said, while 58.2 percent and 53 percent said they will start a vegetarian diet and bicycle commuting, respectively.

The survey also found 58.9 percent of respondents agreed with the government's nuclear power phase-out policy, compared with 41.1 percent who gave an opposite opinion. It also found 52.9 percent agreed with the claim that electric charges would skyrocket when nuclear power is phased out.

In the case of a coal phase-out policy, 72.3 percent gave an affirmative answer, the poll said.

ycm@yna.co.kr
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