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71% of South Koreans support anti-graft law

SEOUL -- A recent opinion poll found that 71% of South Koreans support a controversial new law that strictly controls the wining and dining of civil servants and other public officials.

The poll, conducted by Gallup Korea, found that only 15% oppose the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act, popularly known as the Kim Young-ran law.

It took effect in late September.

The support rate grew 5 percentage points from a previous poll in May despite some concerns that the law could curtail consumption and act as a drag on the economy.

Of those who support the law, the largest portion, 31%, cited "decimating unfairness and corruption in society" as their reason. Another 17% checked that "it will make society transparent and clean," and 14% thought "it will reduce unfair requests" to people in positions of power.

Of those who oppose the law, 21% cited that "it will negatively impact the economy and dampen consumer sentiment."

The survey indicates many South Koreans think the law may have negative short term impact but will eventually help point society in the right direction.

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