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Park's approval rating down to 34 pct amid MERS outbreak

All Headlines 14:41 June 05, 2015

SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye's job approval rating has edged down, a poll showed Friday, as the government is under fire for its poor initial response to the outbreak of the MERS virus that has killed four South Koreans.

A poll conducted by polling agency Gallup Korea put Park's approval rating at 34 percent this week, down six percentage points from a week earlier.

Gallup said the government's poor initial response to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is to blame for the drop in Park's approval rating.

Cheong Wa Dae said tackling the virus is its top priority.

Those who disapproved of Park's job performance came to 55 percent, up eight percentage points from a week earlier.

The poll was conducted on 1,005 adults between Tuesday and Thursday by mobile phone and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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