President Moon Jae-in saw his public disapproval rate rise further to a record 59.1% this week, an opinion poll showed on December 24.

In the ‘Realmeter’ poll of 1,505 voters across the country for three days through Wednesday, 37.4% of respondents gave a positive evaluation of his presidency, 2.1 percentage points less than the previous figure last week.

The latest reading marks the fourth week in a row that Moon’s approval rating has stayed below 40%.

Meanwhile, his disapproval rating rose 1.4 percentage points to 59.1%, the highest negative reception the president has had since he took office in May 2017.

Disapproval of South Korean President Moon Jae-in rises to 59.1%
Meanwhile, the support index for the main opposition Popular Power Party (PPP) was 33.6%, further extending the advantage of the conservative party’s opinion poll over the ruling Democratic Party (DP), which recorded an index of 30% approval.

Compared to last week’s previous poll, approval ratings for the PPP and PD were up 2 percentage points and down 0.6 percentage points, respectively.

The approval ratings for the liberal Open Democratic Party, the minor opposition People’s Party, and the minor progressive Justice Party were 6.2, 6.1, and 4.5%, respectively.

The survey, commissioned by local broadcaster TBS, has a 95% confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.


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