More Than Half of Koreans Disapprove of Moon

Jay Yim, March 15, 2019, 9:44 a.m.


President Moon Jae-in's disapproval rating crossed the 50 percent mark this week, outpacing his approval rating. The gap between the approval ratings of the ruling Minjoo Party and the main opposition Liberal Korea Party meanwhile has narrowed to less than five percent.

Moon's disapproval rating stood at 50.1 percent, up 3.3 percentage points from last week, while his approval rating was 45 percent, down 1.3 percentage points, according to a poll of 1,510 adults across the country by Realmeter.

His approval rating plummeted significantly among moderates, from 51.1 percent to 41 percent, people in their 30s from 66.2 percent to 50.4 percent, and those in their 50s from 46.4 percent to 38.6 percent.

The drop was particularly marked in Moon's power base of Busan, Ulsan, and South Gyeongsang Province, where his approval rating fell from 42.5 percent to 37.1 percent, as well as in the Seoul metropolitan area (from 52.8 percent to 44.2 percent).

"People's distrust of North Korea's intention to denuclearize and the Moon administration's North Korea policy has grown since the collapse of the U.S.-North Korea summit" in Hanoi last month, Realmeter speculated.

The Minjoo Party held on to its lead with 37.2 percent, but the gap with the LKP narrowed to a mere 4.9 percentage points as the LKP's rating rose 1.9 percentage points to 32.3 percent. Over the last month it has shot up 7.1 percent.

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