Moon’s approval finally tops 50%

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Moon’s approval finally tops 50%

President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating rose above 50 percent for the first time in nearly three months last week, a poll showed Monday, amid optimism about rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula.

Moon’s support came to 50.4 percent last week, up 1.6 percentage points from the previous week, according to a poll by Realmeter on 1,507 people across the country. The survey was conducted Thursday and Friday.

The approval rating rose to the 50-percent level for the first time since the third week of November, when it hit 52 percent.

The rebound appears to be affected by the government’s efforts to revive the economy and news on a second summit between the United States and North Korea slated for later this month in Hanoi, Vietnam, the pollster said.

Optimism about rapprochement on the peninsula has been revived as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un plan to hold their second summit on Feb. 27-28 in the Vietnamese capital.

The denuclearization talks have hit an impasse since the two leaders held their historic summit in Singapore last June.

The support rating for the ruling Democratic Party rose 0.7 percentage points on week to 38.9 percent last week. It ended a three-week decline.

The reading for the main opposition Liberty Korea Party rose for the fourth consecutive week as competition for the party’s leadership election heats up.

The support rating for the conservative party gained 1.5 percentage points to 28.9 percent.

The poll, commissioned by local news network YTN, had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.

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