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President Moon's approval rating slightly recovers

All Headlines 09:30 August 06, 2018

SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose last week, a poll showed Monday, ending six consecutive weeks of decline.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter, Moon's approval rating came to 63.2 percent, up 2.1 percentage points from a week earlier. The weekly survey was conducted Monday through Friday, involving 2,505 adults throughout the nation.

The on-week rise came one week after Moon's approval rating dipped to the second lowest level since he took office on May 10, 2017.

Among many issues, the planned increase in the minimum wage had been largely blamed for the recent negative streak in Moon's approval rating.

According to the local pollster, Moon's approval rating climbed to as high as 65 percent Friday when he decided to completely disband and reorganize the Defense Security Command, a military intelligence unit that had been at the center of attention over its controversial proposal in late 2016 for then-President Park Geun-hye administration to invoke martial law as a way of cracking down on anti-government protests.

The proposal never came to be realized while the former president was ousted over corruption allegations.

Of respondents, 30.4 percent said they did not approve of the way the president managed state affairs. The figure marked a 2.9 percentage-point drop from the previous week, according to Realmeter.

Despite the slight recovery in Moon's approval rating, his ruling Democratic Party continued to suffer a setback amid a corruption scandal surrounding one of its established members and presidential hopefuls, Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung, who has been accused of having ties with organized crime rings.

The ruling party's own approval rating slipped 1.2 percentage points on-week to 42.8 percent, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party also shed 1 percentage point to 17.6 percent.

The progressive Justice Party's approval rating reached a record high of 14.3 percent, adding 1.8 percentage points from a week earlier.

The approval ratings of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party and the Party for Democracy and Peace came to 5.8 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively, down 1.2 percentage points and 0.1 percentage point from the week before.

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