(LEAD) Moon gov't performs best in heath, welfare sector over past 3 years: poll
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SEOUL, May 11 (Yonhap) -- South Koreans picked the health and welfare sector as the best-performing area under the Moon Jae-in administration over the past three years, a poll showed Monday.
In a Realmeter poll of 500 adults, 34.3 percent of respondents picked the health and welfare sector as the area where the Moon administration achieved the most, followed by diplomacy and security with 14.4 percent.
The survey was conducted on Friday to gauge people's assessments of the government as Moon entered his third year in office Sunday.
Asked about what areas the government should focus on for the remaining two years, economic recovery and job creation topped the list with 47.8 percent, trailed by prosecution reform with 25.2 percent.
Meanwhile, Moon's approval rating stayed above 60 percent for the third straight week, according to a separate poll by Realmeter.
Public support for Moon came to 62 percent last week, up 1.4 percentage points from the previous week, according to the poll of 2,515 voters nationwide.
The survey was conducted on May 4 and between last Wednesday and Friday.
Moon's approval rating has been above the 60-percent level since it hit 63.7 percent in the fourth week of April on the back of positive assessments of the government's handling of the new coronavirus outbreak.
In a separate poll by Gallup Korea, Moon's approval rating reached 71 percent, marking the first time since July 2018 that the figure topped 70 percent.
The government's success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 helped the ruling Democratic Party (DP) win a landslide victory in the April 15 parliamentary elections.
Realmeter said that Moon's approval rating was 81.6 percent in the first survey after he took office in May 2017. Public support hit an all-time high of 84.1 percent in the fourth week of May 2017.
His approval rating averaged 58.5 percent over the past three years. It hit a record low of 56.1 percent in October 2019 due to a political scandal involving former Justice Minister Cho Kuk.
The support rating for the DP fell 1.5 percentage points on-week to 43.7 percent. That of the main opposition United Future Party hit 26.1 percent, down 1.9 percentage points from a week before.
The poll had a margin of error of 2 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.
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