UFP gains popularity amid Moon's real estate crisis

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UFP gains popularity amid Moon's real estate crisis

New polling data show the main opposition party’s approval rating overtaking that of the ruling party, as public rage toward the Moon Jae-in administration’s real estate policy snowballed — although the difference between the two parties remains within the margin of error.
According to the results of Realmeter’s weekly poll, conducted from Aug. 3 to 7, the approval rating of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) had fallen to 35.1 percent, down by 3.2 percentage points from the previous week. The approval rating of the United Future Party (UFP) was 34.6 percent, up by 2.9 percentage points.  
Commissioned by YTN, the poll surveyed 2,520 adults nationwide and its confidence level was 95 percent and margin of error was plus or minus two percentage points.  
According to Realmeter, the UFP reached its highest-ever approval rating since it rebranded in February to prepare for the general elections.
On Aug. 5, the UFP’s approval rating momentarily nudged above the DP's. The UFP’s rating was 36 percent, while the DP’s rating was 34.3 percent.
The public at the time was reacting to a plan announced by the administration and the DP earlier that day that calls for direct intervention in the jeonse and monthly rent prices by regulating the rate used to convert the amount of a jeonse deposit to a monthly rent.  
According to Realmeter, the DP was losing its key supporters — women and voters in their 30s and 40s.  
Among those who identify as centrists, 37.6 percent said they support the UFP, while 31.5 percent said they support the DP. Of those self-identifying liberals, 59.3 percent said they support the DP. Among self-identifying conservatives, 63.2 percent said they support the UFP.  
While the DP is losing its core supporters, the UFP’s popularity went up in all age and gender groups and regions. In Gwangju and Jeolla provinces, where the conservative party’s support is traditionally weak, the UFP’s approval rating went up by six percentage points last week.
According to Realmeter, President Moon’s approval rating also dropped to 43.9 percent, down by 2.5 percentage points. His disapproval rating was 52.4 percent, up by three percentage points from the previous week.  
More information about the poll is available on Realmeter and the National Election Survey Deliberation Commission websites.  
BY SER MYO-JA, ESTHER CHUNG   [ser.myoja@joongang.co.kr]  
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