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Moon's approval rating inches down on economic woes

09:30 February 14, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's job approval rating dropped slightly from a week earlier this week, a poll showed Thursday, amid concerns over a dip in home prices and a slowing economy.

In the survey conducted by Realmeter, Moon's job approval rating came to 49.6 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from a separate weekly survey conducted last week.

The latest survey was conducted Monday through Wednesday, while the weekly survey is conducted all throughout the week. The outcome of the latest weeklong survey is due Monday.

The local pollster noted the near flat movement in Moon's job approval rating may have been caused by economic issues, both pulling up and down his approval rating.

Issues working in favor of the president may include his push for what he calls innovative growth, while those adversely affecting his approval rating may include the recent rise in the joblessness rate and drop in real estate prices prompted by government efforts to drive down prices, it added.

The approval rating of the ruling Democratic Party, on the other hand, increased 2 percentage points to 40.9 percent, while that of its main rival, the Liberty Korea Party (LKP), plunged 3.2 percentage points to 25.7 percent.

Such a sharp contrast follows a controversy caused by three LKP lawmakers who jointly hosted a public hearing that largely sought to label the 1980 pro-democracy movement in Gwangju, home to the ruling party, a riot organized and executed by North Korean special forces.

In a separate survey also conducted by Realmeter this week, 55 percent of those surveyed agreed with the need to punish those who try to distort facts about the 1980 pro-democracy movement while 35 percent opposed it.

The approval rating of the progressive Justice Party gained 0.3 percentage point to 6.5 percent, while that of the conservative Bareunmirae Party slipped 1.2 points to 5.6 percent.



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