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Moon's approval rating rebounds for first time in 10 weeks: poll

All Headlines 08:30 December 10, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 10 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rebounded for the first time in 10 weeks last week amid reports over North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's possible trip to Seoul, a poll showed Monday.

Moon's support level came to 49.5 percent last week, up 1.1 percentage points from a week earlier and up from a record low of 48.4 percent, according to a weekly poll conducted by Realmeter on 2,516 adults across the country.

It rebounded from the rate's ninth consecutive weekly decline that was posted since hitting 65.3 percent in late September following his third summit with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang.

A slight rebound came amid media speculation that the North's leader may visit Seoul this week or next week in an effort to implement the inter-Korean summit agreement in September.

South Korea's presidential office has said that nothing has been decided, but it is preparing for his potential trip with all possibilities open.

The public support rating for the ruling Democratic Party rose 0.2 percentage point on-week to 38.2 percent last week, ending the ninth straight weekly decline, it showed.

But the rating for the main opposition Liberty Korea Party fell 1.7 percentage points to 24.7 percent, the first decline in six weeks.

The poll, commissioned by local news network YTN, had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, with a 95 percent confidence level.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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