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(LEAD) Moon's approval rating slightly increases: survey

All News 10:19 June 12, 2017

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SEOUL, June 12 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating increased slightly last week to nearly 80 percent, a survey showed Monday, despite unceasing disputes over his picks for top government and judicial officials.

In a survey conducted from Monday through Friday by local pollster Realmeter, Moon's rating was tallied at 78.9 percent, up 0.8 percentage point from a week earlier.

In the same poll, 14.7 percent disapproved of Moon's job performance, up 0.5 percentage point, while 6.4 percent said they were not sure.

The pollster said that the uptick in his rating appears to be attributed to his supporters joining forces to back him during parliamentary confirmation hearings last week for his nominees for the foreign and finance ministers, and the Constitutional Court president.

The survey was conducted on 2,022 eligible voters across the country. Its margin of error was plus or minus 2.2 percentage points with a 95 percent confidence level.

The poll put support for the ruling Democratic Party at 54.2 percent, down 1.4 percentage points from the previous week, while the rating for the main opposition Liberty Korea Party grew 1.3 percentage points to 14.3 percent.

The center-left People's Party garnered 7.3 percent, down 0.7 percentage point. The Justice Party and Bareun Party scored 6.7 percent and 5.9 percent, respectively.

In a separate Realmeter survey, commissioned by the radio broadcaster CBS, 62.1 percent of the respondents said they were in favor of Kang Kyung-wha, Moon's pick for foreign minister, while 30.4 percent disapproved of her.

Opposition parties have objected to Kang's appointment due to a series of allegations ranging from her daughter's use of a fake address to her real estate speculation. The ruling bloc, however, called for opposition support, saying there was no definitive defect in the nominee.

The survey was conducted Friday on 505 adults across the country and had a margin of error at plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Kang's appointment does not require parliamentary consent, but disapproval could impose a political burden on Moon's nascent government.

This photo, provided by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on June 8, 2017, shows President Moon Jae-in presiding over a National Security Council meeting at the presidential compound's crisis management center in Seoul. (Yonhap)


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