Another presentation during the media briefing held by the Joongmin Foundation on May 27th was regarding political polarization in South Korea and the United States, specifically focusing on people's reliability on their central governments and their social-distancing behavior amid COVID-19. One of the interesting results was that the study found out the similarity of peoples' polarized trust in their governments whereas differences in distancing behavior. To illustrate, although the South Korean conservatives do not highly trust the current government, they are actively participating in the social-distancing campaign. On the contrary, Republican supporters in the United States are highly skeptical of the Trump administration and also have little involvement in social-distancing. This means while South Korea is integrated with social performance, the United States has a difference in distancing behavior along with political ideology.
As COVID-19 became a pandemic crisis, it is necessary for every single individual to take safety measures and the global society requires people's unified cooperation. However, as seen in the US-Korean case, some countries are successful in promoting all citizens' distancing practice, while some are not. To identify the universal features of people's social distancing behavior, the Joongmin foundation has conducted a survey on 30 global cities for comparative analysis. In order to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) asked people to take precautions for reducing the chances of being infected or spreading the virus. According to the several protecting measures announced by the WHO, the questionnaire included eight items regarding social-distancing behavior which are washing hands, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, wearing masks, avoiding social events, avoiding public transit, eating less outside, touching less face, and shopping less.