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Support for president's performance further gains ground: poll

All News 11:15 June 16, 2017

SEOUL, June 16 (Yonhap) -- The approval rating for President Moon Jae-in's performance on state affairs further notched up this week from a week earlier, reflecting firm support for his state management, a poll showed Friday.

Eighty-three percent of Koreans held a positive view of his performance as the country's leader, up 1 percentage point from the previous survey last week, according to a poll by Gallup Korea.

The poll was conducted on some 1,003 adults from Tuesday to Thursday, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Of the respondents, 10 percent disagreed and said the president is doing a bad job, while 7 percent declined to answer.

Moon became the president by winning a May 9 snap election, following the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal.

"Despite the mounting pressure for Moon from opposition parties over the nominations of ministers, the rating kept its highest level out of all presidents in terms of approval on duty performance," Gallup noted.

Many respondents cited Moon's efforts toward better communication with the public and creating jobs as main reasons for the positive assessment.

But the controversy over his minister appointments and the ongoing issue with a U.S. anti-missile defense system, THAAD, were picked as factors for the negative appraisal.

The ruling Democratic Party showed an approval rating of 50 percent, up 2 percentage points from the previous week. The main opposition Liberty Korea Party garnered 10 percent in support, while minor People's Party and Justice Party gained 7 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

The file photo, taken on June 15, 2017, shows South Korean President Moon Jae-in making a speech at the 17th anniversary ceremony of 6.15 inter-Korean summit. (Yonhap)


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