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Moon's approval rating rebounds after dipping to lowest level

All Headlines 09:30 February 01, 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 1 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose after falling to the lowest level since his inauguration last week due to controversy over North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, a poll showed Thursday.

In a survey conducted Tuesday through Thursday, 62.6 percent of 1,501 adults polled said they approved of the way Moon managed state affairs. The reading marked a 2.8 percentage-point increase from 59.8 percent tallied over the same period last week. The latest survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

The increase also came after a sharp drop of 6.2 percentage points, apparently caused by a controversial agreement between the divided Koreas to form a unified women's hockey team for the Winter Olympic Games that will be held in the country's eastern town of PyeongChang, located some 180 kilometers from Seoul.

Many South Koreans expressed objections to the agreement, noting it may take away the chance for South Korean players to compete in the quadrennial event. The Winter Olympic Games will be held from Feb. 9 through Feb. 25.

The president has acknowledged the government made a mistake, saying it should have first asked for the players' consent.

Of all respondents, 33.6 percent disapproved of Moon's performance, down 2 percentage points from a week earlier.

The ruling Democratic Party's approval came to 48.5 percent, up 2.4 percentage points from a week earlier, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party dropped 1.3 percentage points to 19.7 percent.

The approval rating of the liberal People's Party slipped 2.3 percentage points to 4.7 percent, with that of the splinter Bareun Party losing 0.5 percentage point to 5.8 percent.


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