More than half of Koreans believe President Park Geun-hye is doing a good job. Her approval rating has steadily increased since her inauguration in February to 54 percent, according to a Gallup survey released last week.
Park's North Korea policy earned her the most points during the past six months. She consistently maintained a firm stance against Pyongyang, even after the North unilaterally shut down the inter-Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex in April. Her strategy eventually drew the North back to the negotiating table, which resulted in an agreement between the two Koreas stating there will not be further closures at the business park.
She suffered her lowest approval rating in April, soon after she took office, due to botched nominations for key posts in her administration. The tax code overhaul announced earlier this month also provoked a backlash from the opposition and much of the public that criticized the proposal for increasing the burden on the middle class.
The Finance Ministry quickly put forth a revised version, but experts criticized Park's economic team for being ignorant about the needs of ordinary people.