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Moon's approval tops 70 pct again: Gallup

All News 11:19 May 08, 2020

SEOUL, May 8 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has exceeded 70 percent, the highest in nearly two years, Gallup said Friday, two days ahead of his third inauguration anniversary.

In a two-day phone survey of 1,004 adults nationwide through Thursday, 71 percent supported his leadership, up 7 percentage points from last week. It's the first time that Moon's approval has topped 70 percent in 22 months.

It also outnumbers those recorded around when former South Korean presidents marked their third anniversary in office.

Only 21 percent viewed Moon negatively. The margin of error is plus and minus 3.1 percentage points.

His popularity among the public has been largely on the rise in recent months amid the country's relatively successful handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

This week, the government began handing out "emergency disaster relief payments" to all the families here.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reappeared in public last week, confirming the Moon administration's assessment that there's no "unusual" situation happening in the secretive communist neighbor.

President Moon Jae-in in an undated photo released by Cheong Wa Dae (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

lcd@yna.co.kr
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