Moon’s approval rating under 40%

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Moon’s approval rating under 40%

President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating has fallen below 40 percent for the first time in a Gallup Korea poll, the agency said Friday.

In the three-day survey of 1,004 voters nationwide from Tuesday, 39 percent of respondents supported Moon, down 4 percentage points from a week earlier. The margin of error is plus and minus 3.1 percentage points.

The proportion of those critical of his presidency gained 2 percentage points, reaching 53 percent.

Among them, 25 percent cited a lack of resolutions to problems relating to the economy and people’s livelihoods, and 17 percent took issue with the president’s personnel management, apparently including the turmoil over his pick of Cho Kuk as justice minister.

“I am doubtful about whether it’s right to respond sensitively to either a rise or a fall in approval ratings and change [policy] direction,” a Blue House official told reporters.

The official pointed out that there are various methods of polling and of result analysis.

The ruling Democratic Party’s approval rating declined 1 percentage point to 36 percent, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party remained unchanged at 27 percent, Gallup said.

Meanwhile, a separate poll conducted by Realmeter showed Moon’s rating had rebounded since Cho stepped down on Monday.

It edged up to 45.5 percent in the survey of 1,503 adults across the country from Monday through Wednesday. It marks a 4.1 percent rise from a poll conducted last week. The margin of error is plus and minus 2.5 percentage points.

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