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Moon's approval rating rises for second consecutive week

09:30 January 14, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's job approval rating increased for a second consecutive week last week, a poll showed Monday.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter, 49.6 percent of those surveyed said they approved of Moon's job as president, up 3.2 percentage points from a week earlier.

The weekly survey was conducted Monday through Friday on 2,516 adults throughout the nation.

The local pollster did not pinpoint any specific reasons for the rise, only offering a list of major events that may have affected the president's job approval rating, such as the replacement of his top aides, including his chief of staff.

Moon's approval rating had dipped to a record low of 45.9 percent amid a controversy involving his former chief of staff Im Jong-seok that the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae may have engaged in illegal surveillance of civilians, an allegation strongly denied by Cheong Wa Dae.

Still, Im and several other officials still working for Cheong Wa Dae face a prosecution probe prompted by a complaint from the main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP).

The approval rating of the ruling Democratic Party also increased for a second consecutive week, gaining 1.8 percentage points to 40.1 percent, while that of the LKP slipped 0.9 percentage point to 23.9 percent.

The approval ratings of the minor opposition Justice Party and the Bareunmirae Party advanced 0.4 percentage point and 0.2 percentage point, respectively, to 9.1 percent and 6.4 percent.

The minor opposition Party for Democracy and Peace's approval rating shed 0.2 percentage point to 2.2 percent.

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