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Moon's approval rating hits this year's high at 52.5 pct over virus response

All News 09:30 March 26, 2020

SEOUL, March 26 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has rose to the highest of this year at 52.5 percent, driven by the view that his administration is working hard and relatively well to counter the coronavirus, a poll showed Thursday.

In the three-day phone survey of 1,518 people nationwide, age 18 or older, through Wednesday, Moon's popularity gained 3.2 percentage points compared with that of last week, while the portion of those critical of his leadership fell 3.8 percentage points to 44.1 percent. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Some foreign media have cited South Korea as a role model in terms of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Moon Jae-in in a file photo. (Yonhap)

A growing number of patients here have been leaving hospitals after recovering in recent days, with the growth in the number of new daily infections dropping markedly. The death rate has stayed at around 1 percent.

Moon has also chaired a weekly "emergency economic council" session, in which he unveiled major steps to minimize the virus impact on the country's economy and stabilize the local financial market.

The approval rating of the ruling Democratic Party increased 2.9 percentage points to 45 percent and that of the main opposition United Future Party lost 3.8 percentage points to 29.8 percent.

It is a positive sign for the ruling bloc ahead the April 15 general elections regarded as a midterm election for Moon.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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