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Yoon's approval rating slips below 30 pct after hot mic incident: poll

Politics 14:34 October 06, 2022

SEOUL, Oct. 6 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol saw his approval rating fall below 30 percent after he was caught on a hot mic making remarks that appeared to include less than presidential words, a poll showed Thursday.

In the poll of 1,000 voters conducted by pollsters Embrain Public, Kstat Research, Korea Research and Hankook Research from Monday to Wednesday, 29 percent positively assessed Yoon's job performance, down 3 percentage points from two weeks ago.

Those who gave negative assessments jumped 5 percentage points to 65 percent in the same period.

It marks the lowest approval rating since the second week of August when the biweekly figure reached 28 percent due to an unpopular policy proposal to lower the school entry age.

The fall was largely attributed to the hot mic incident.

Though the recording was not clear due to noise, many thought Yoon used foul language while talking about U.S. Congress and President Joe Biden. Yoon's office rejected the claim, saying he was referring to South Korea's opposition-controlled National Assembly and did not mention U.S. Congress or Biden.

In regard to the controversy, 64 percent said it was a diplomatic disaster Yoon caused with careless remarks while 28 percent said the incident was distorted by unverified media reports.

On whether Yoon should apologize, 70 percent said they agreed to the notion while 27 percent disagreed.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

President Yoon Suk-yeol speaks to reporters as he arrives at the presidential office in Seoul on Oct. 6, 2022. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)


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