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Ruling party's approval rating reaches all-time high: survey

All Headlines 11:17 May 10, 2018

SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) -- The ruling Democratic Party's approval rating reached an all-time high of nearly 57 percent this week, a survey showed Thursday, amid positive views of President Moon Jae-in's efforts to make peace with North Korea.

The Realmeter survey, conducted on 1,000 adults on Tuesday and Wednesday, put the Democratic Party's approval rating at 56.9 percent. That surpasses the party's previous high of 56.7 percent recorded in the fourth week of May, a couple of weeks after last year's presidential election.

It also marks the highest approval rating that a South Korean political party has recorded since January 2008.

This week's rating is up 3 percentage points from a week earlier.

The rise is impressive because it comes despite intensive opposition attacks on the ruling camp over allegations that an influential blogger tied to a key ruling party lawmaker manipulated Internet comments in favor of the party.

In particular, the party saw its popularity rise even in the southeastern city of Daegu and the surrounding North Gyeongsang Province, a longtime stronghold of conservative parties.

On the other hand, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party saw its rating fall for the third straight week to 17.4 percent, down 0.4 percentage point from the previous week.

The approval ratings of minor opposition parties also fell. The Bareunmirae Party logged 5.6 percent, the Justice Party 4.5 percent and the Party for Peace and Democracy 1.8 percent, the survey showed.

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