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Yoon's approval rating sinks below 30 pct

Politics 08:44 August 08, 2022

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol's approval rating fell below 30 percent just three months after he took office amid strong backlash against a proposed education policy and leadership turmoil in the ruling party.

In the poll of 2,528 people conducted by pollster Realmeter from Monday to Friday, 29.3 percent responded that Yoon was doing well on state affairs, down 3.8 percentage points from the previous week.

Those who gave a negative assessment rose 3.3 percentage points in the same period to 64.5 percent, more than twofold of those who gave positive evaluations.

The pollster attributed the weekly decline to a number of factors, including Education Minister Park Soon-ae's proposal to lower the school entry age for children, a leadership row at the ruling party and persistent economic woes.

"It seems the school entry age plan sharply brought down the ratings among housewives whose favorability ratings had stayed above 40 percent," said Bae Cheol-ho, Realmeter's senior analyst.

"On top of the ruling party and opposition parties entering an emergency system phase, an imminent economic crisis and a protracted COVID-19 breakout will heap pressure on Yongsan and the ruling party rather than the main opposition," Bae added, referring to the neighborhood where the presidential office is located.

Favorability ratings for the main opposition Democratic Party moved up 2.5 percentage points to 48.5 percent, rising for the 10th straight week, while that for the ruling People Power Party fell 2.6 percentage points to 35.8 percent.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.9 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

President Yoon Suk-yeol (Yonhap)

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