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Moon's approval rating hits lowest amid Cho Kuk controversy

All Headlines 10:24 September 19, 2019

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has dipped to its lowest point, hit by unrelenting controversies over Justice Minister Cho Kuk, whose family is embroiled in a fraud and corruption scandal, a poll showed Thursday.

Moon's approval rating fell 3.4 percentage points week on week to 43.8 percent in a Realmeter survey of 2,700 voters nationwide, aged 19 or older, from Monday through Wednesday. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

The portion of those who have a negative view of Moon's presidency rose to an all-time high of 53 percent, up 3 percent from a week earlier, the local pollster added.

In this file photo, dated Sept. 10, 2019, President Moon Jae-in (L) salutes to South Korea's national flag during a Cabinet meeting, attended by Justice Minister Cho Kuk (R), at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology in Seoul. (Yonhap)

Moon's approval rating slipped to 44.9 percent in March and then rebounded. But it has edged down again amid public criticism of his nomination and appointment of Cho, a former law professor, as justice minister.

Moon's lowest approval rating in the Realmeter survey is attributable to the "continued spread" of what state prosecutors have found in their investigation into allegations related to the minister's family, the pollster said.

Cho's wife was indicted on charges of forging a college presidential citation for use in her daughter's medical school application. The family is also under probe over an investment in a private equity fund.

The ruling Democratic Party's approval rating dipped 1.3 percentage points to 38.2 percent, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party gained 2 percentage points to 32.1 percent.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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