While the Ministry of National Defense announced that they might conduct a public survey regarding BTS's mandatory military service exemption, two media outlets decided to conduct the survey themselves.
As a result of the survey conducted on September 1 by KBC Kwangju Broadcasting and UPI News, 57.7% of the respondents said they were in favor of granting BTS a special military exemption, and 39.7% were against the exemption. The remaining 2.6% of the people were undecided.
In detail, 35.3% were firmly in favor, 22.4% were somewhat in favor, 12.3% were slightly against it, and 27.5% strongly opposed granting the global K-pop group the military exemption.
A total of 800 people were surveyed, and according to gender, 62.8% of the respondents who voted in favor were women, while 54.8% were men. Meanwhile, 63.9% of the respondents who voted against the exemption were men in their 20s.
When asked about delaying the group's enlistment for a few more years instead of being exempted, 57.4% were in favor, and 39.1% were against the delay. Additionally, 3.5% replied they weren't sure.
The results were similar when the survey was conducted regarding other popular artists other than BTS.
Additionally, 58.6% favored giving a special military exemption to famous artists who have contributed to increasing national prestige and promoting Korean culture. Only 37.6% were against it.