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Moon's approval rating hits all-time low of 37.4 pct: Realmeter

All News 09:45 December 03, 2020

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's job approval rating has fallen to a record low of 37.4 percent, a poll showed Thursday, with a rift between the justice minister and the top prosecutor deepening and housing prices in major areas continuing to rise.

Public approval for the ruling Democratic Party (DP) also dropped to 28.9 percent, the lowest since the launch of the Moon administration in May 2017, while that of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) rose to 31.2 percent, according to Realmeter.

The pollster conducted the survey on 1,508 voters nationwide from Monday through Wednesday. The margin of error is plus and minus 2.5 percentage points.

The liberal president's rating lost 6.4 percentage points from the previous week. It is unprecedented that his approval has dipped below 40 percent.

It especially plunged among liberal and swing voters, by 7.8 percentage points and 5.5 percentage points, respectively.

President Moon Jae-in takes off his mask for a commemorative photo with a group of newly appointed ambassadors during a ceremony at Cheong Wa Dae on Dec. 2, 2020. (Yonhap)

The proportion of those disapproving of Moon's job soared 5.1 percentage points to 57.3 percent, the highest since his inauguration.

The ruling party also saw its popularity dropping 5.2 percentage points. In contrast, the figure for the PPP gained 3.3 percentage points to outdo the DP for the first time in nearly four years in Realmeter's regular poll.

In its power base of liberal voters, the DP shed 9.9 percentage points to 47.3 percent.

The survey results came amid a flood of local media reports on the conflict between Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae and Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl.

Many view them as locking horns over the Moon government's push for reforming the state prosecution service often accused of having excessive authority and power.

Moon has kept mum in public on the Choo-Yoon conflict that has intensified in recent days.

Yoon's popularity among conservatives has shot up, while liberals are apparently disappointed with the slower-than-expected prosecution reform drive and unrelenting hikes in apartment prices and rent largely in Seoul and adjacent towns.


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