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Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should South Korea raise taxes on the rich?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the National Assembly?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

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Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, as long as it is safe for them to return to their country

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo, and disallow politicians that are under investigation for a crime

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, and also required to release their medical records

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, temporarily while we increase investment into cleaner renewable alternatives

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should Korea raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseRaise

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, but with less focus on military training and more focus on education and skill development

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Free Trade

Should Korea pursue free trade deals with other countries?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, but only if strong protections for our national resources and workers are enacted with each trade deal

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Korea accept refugees from Syria?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo, and send all refugees back to Syria

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, until terrorist attacks decrease

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Korea increase or decrease military spending?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseIncrease, but only after our deficit is drastically reduced

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Funding

Should the government increase spending on healthcare?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in South Korea, have the right to vote?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo, only legal citizens should be allowed to vote

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, but only for horrific crimes with undeniable evidence

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Korean flag?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

DP>DP  Party’s support basePro-choice

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseMore

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, but only if there is no chance they will survive their illness

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo, and increase penalties for non-violent drug offenders

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, but not for cosmetics

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Stay At Home Order

Should the government enforce a “stay-at-home” order to combat the coronavirus?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseIncrease

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo, a global free trade system is better for our businesses and consumers

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into South Korea?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, as long as offshore income is reported

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseYes, if the company promises to create new jobs by hiring local residents

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

DP>DP  Party’s support baseNo