Public Opinion on Social Safety

Indicator Description

  • A. Definition

    The degree to which people think society is safe

  • B. How to measure

    The degree to which the public thinks society is safe = The proportion of the people who selected “very safe” or “safe” to the question asking about the safety of society in general
    (Targeted those who were 13 years old or older from 2012.)

  • C. Features and Sources

    Category Sub-Category Sub-Subcategory Type of Indicator Reference Data Sources First year data available Periodicity
    Right to Freedom Right to Physical and Moral Integrity Right to Safety Subjective/Result Statistics Korea Social Survey 2008 2 years
  • D. Interpretation

    Social security is closely related to social trust with the government and even within interpersonal relationships. Moreover, the sense of safety felt by the general public affects the quality of life of the people. According to a social survey, men tend to feel society is safer than women. In general, though the rate of responses stating that society is safe was the lowest in 2014, the year of which the Sewol ferry tragedy happened, the most recent survey in 2018 showed the highest rate of answers stating that society is safe among the years examined in this study. It is a concern that accidents caused by violent crime and outsourcing in the workplace are frequently exposed in the media. At the same time, however, as citizens become aware of unsafe environmental problems and actively demand improvements, a social atmosphere can be formed that is likely to have a positive impact on the development of individual human rights.

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