Koreans Evenly Divided Over Lee's Performance

      February 24, 2010 11:06

      President Lee Myung-bak's approval rating hovers in the mid-40 percent range as the second anniversary of his presidency approaches, with roughly equal numbers approving and disapproving of the job he is doing.

      In a Gallup Korea poll for the Chosun Ilbo on Monday, 44.2 percent said the president is doing a good job while 45.1 percent said he is not. Some 6.2 percent said he is doing a middling job and 4.5 percent had no opinion.

      Gallup Korea has conducted the polls since 1988. In terms of approval ratings around the second anniversary of the presidency, Lee came in second by a slight margin, behind Kim Dae-jung, who managed 48.5 percent, but ahead of Kim Young-sam (43.8 percent,) Roh Moo-hyun (32.5 percent) and Roh Tae-woo (28.1 percent.)

      Asked to rate Lee's performance from 0 to 100, with 100 meaning excellent, respondents gave him an average of 56.2. Some 44.5 percent of the respondents gave him a point between 51 and 100, 30 percent 50 points, and 24.7 percent a point between 0 and 49. 

      The nationwide poll of 1,034 adults had a margin of error of a hefty 3.1 percent and a 95 percent confidence level. 

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