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Moon's approval rating rises to 48.5 percent: Realmeter

Diplomacy 09:31 October 31, 2019

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has ascended to 48.5 percent amid news of his mother's death and some positive impact from his recent economy-related activities, Realmeter said Thursday.

According to its three-day poll from Monday, the rating gained 2.8 percentage points from last week's poll. It conducted a phone survey of 1,503 adults nationwide.

It marked the third consecutive week of rise in the proportion of those in support of the president, who's nearing the halfway point in his five-year tenure.

President Moon Jae-in (R) greets Hwang Kyo-ahn, head of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, who visited Namcheon Catholic Cathedral in Busan on Oct. 30, 2019, to mourn the death of Moon's mother, in this photo provided by Cheong Wa Dae. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

That of critics dipped 2.1 percentage points to 48.3 percent, according to the local pollster.

It cited apparent impact from the passing of Moon's 92-year-old, Kang Han-ok, on Tuesday and the president's participation in some events related to economic growth, including a conference on artificial intelligence.

The ruling Democratic Party's approval rating fell 0.7 percentage point to 39.9 percent, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party dropped 1.8 percentage points to 30.4 percent.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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