Talk:Wikinews interviews South Koreans about relations with North Korea

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Original reporting[edit]

Summary: I conducted a poll in Incheon Airport and on the Flight to Paris in which 44 people filled out a Korean language questionare, and I've put together the data and some statisticics in an openoffice and excel spreadsheet.

Ok what I wrote before had been somewhat hastily patched together. So a longer explanation: I had prepared a File:Questionaire on the situation in Korea (en).sxw (I was prompted by the nuclear test of course). A friend of mine ( a Korean) who was with me in Korea was so kind and translated it from German into Korean File:Questionare on Korean situation (kr).sxw ( the english translations to be read here were by me from german into english) For those without openoffice, here are photos of the questionare (in Korean and an englisch translation I was planning to use as well).

Due to time constraints, we didn't get round to actually conducting the Poll till at the airport on the day of our departure :D . Me and my freind had flown to Korea 7 weeks earlier, on the 21. of August. We stayed at his family, traveled around, and worked at a school for mentally disabled children. But back to the poll. The Questionaire was multiple choice, and had a compulsery front, and an optional reverse. Most people we advanced on together, me saying hello in Korean, and Sang Geol than explaining, that we (or I) would like them to fill out the questionaire, so that I could write an article online with the data we would acquire. I´m not sure if he actually mentioned Wikinews (but it did say that at the bottom of the page). We would then go on to ask the next people (after offering a pen) , and some time later went around to collect the questionaires. That was our method both at the terminal (which was right before the boarding gate) and on the plane (on the plane we also tried to time it to avoid flight attendants, and went arount at times when most people were awake, and not engaged with their meals. Of course, quite a number of people did not want to fill out the questionare, but I would guess that roughly every other person agreed to do so. One women did ask if I was a student of sociology, and commented that it was a neat Idea to conduct the poll during the flight, as most people were bored. I tried to tell her in english, that it was more due to necessety that we were doing it in the plane, but I don't think she understood.

Back in Germany, I transferred the choices from the Questionares into a spreadsheet, and when I was finished, I double checked that I had made no mistakes (I had actually made just one :D ). I also filled in the extra infos, where they had been given (after Sang Geol had translated the occupations for me. I then added some statistical evaluation to the spreadsheets (number of people answering each of the possible answers). That was about it then. I do have quite a number of comments in Korean here as well, but my friend didn't feel like translating them. If anybody wants a photo of any of the questionaires, I've numbered them through, so I could happily upload a few. Regards Sean Heron 21:13, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Poll results[edit]

Draft copy from srpeadsheet above, needs to be verified, formatted and moved to article

Poll results
Question No Not really I don't Know Possibly Yes
1. Do you think that South Korea is threatened by the North ? 6 8 2 15 13
Question No Not really I don't Know Possibly Yes
1.1 Has your opinion changed due to the nuclear weapons test ? 27 6 7 2 2
Question Strongly oppose Slightly oppose I don't Know Slightly support Strongly support
2. How do you stand towards reunification ? 5 6 2 9 22
Question No Not really I don't Know Possibly Yes
2.1. Has your opinion changed due to the nuclear weapons test ? 30 9 3 1 1
Question No Not really I don't Know Possibly Yes
3. Do you believe reunification is possible within the next 20 years ? 13 6 9 9 7
Question No Not really I don't Know Possibly Yes
4. Do you believe reunification will happen within the next 20 years ? 13 8 8 8 7
Question Unsure Should support North Korea more Should demand/expect more OK as is
5. How do you view the stance of the government towards North Korea ? 7 5 23 9
Question Unsure Should be more involved Should be less involved OK as is
6. What do you think about the role of China ? 2 21 12 9
Question Unsure Should be more involved Should be less involved OK as is
7. What do you think about the role of Japan ? 1 27 6 10
Question Unsure Should be more involved Should be less involved OK as is
8. What do you think about the role of the USA ? 5 22 9 8


the "not impressed" is interpreting the resulst, something i would like to avoid. how about "Wikinews interviews South Koreans following North Korea's nuclear test"?  — Doldrums(talk) 06:14, 23 October 2006 (UTC)


Not important for the article, but I just thought I'd mention: Such a high precentage of Koreans play online games that you might get a more realistic sample in a Korean MMORG. You'd just need to pick one where everybody plays, not just hard core gamers. I'm not sure if gender & age demographics are available for the various online games.

People who travel abroad are a rather self selected lot & often know about politics. Almost surely this polarizes the reunification question, i.e. reduced the don't knows, but it may impact other things too. Nyarlathotep 13:01, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

hmmm...this isn't really a statistically valid opinion poll, which is why the article's tagged with lots of disclaimers and the title says "interviews" instead of a unqualified "polls". i was suggesting street corner polls, but the online game is (perhaps a more) interesting idea. might well be a pioneering one?  — Doldrums(talk) 13:06, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Yeah, I know its an "interview". :) Online games are unlikely to give you a statistically significant sample outside of the very few countries where they are a major national passtime.

In other countries, you'd need some specific reason to focus on just gamers, such as viewing them as an advertising demographic. I'm amused by idea of an advertising company who pays servey respondents in gold. :) Nyarlathotep 13:16, 24 October 2006 (UTC)


We're translating this article into Japanese as ja:インタビュー:韓国国民が考える北朝鮮との関係, but what do you mean "demand/expect"?-- 13:47, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

"demand/expect" is meant to be "demand and/or expect more from North Korea in negotiations", i think. the actual questionaies themselves available above.  — Doldrums(talk) 14:49, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
Thank you.-- 15:10, 26 October 2006 (UTC)