March 17, 2015 11:58
President Park Geun-hye's approval rating has returned to the 40-percent range for the first time in nine weeks.
A Realmeter poll released Monday put Park's approval rating at 42.8 percent, up 3.5 percentage points from the previous week.
She peaked at 46.1 percent on March 10, the day after she visited U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in hospital after he was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant. That was a 5.5 percentage point rise from the previous week in Incheon and a 5.1 percentage point rise in the conservative strongholds of Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province.
The rise was especially high among people in their 60s or above (up 6.3 points) and in their 30s (up four points).
The ruling Saenuri Party had the highest approval rating of 39.1 percent, up 1.8 points from the previous week and maintaining the lead for the third consecutive week.
The main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy also saw its approval rating rise 2.3 points to 30.4 percent.
Realmeter polled 2,500 adults across the nation last week.
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