June 09, 2017 11:41
President Moon Jae-in is enjoying the highest-ever approval rating of any Korean president in his or her first month in office. A Gallup Korea poll on Thursday put him at 84 percent.
Supporters are impressed by his administration's transparency (18 percent), staff appointments (10 percent), overall performance (eight percent) and achievement of campaign pledges (seven percent).
Moon beat the previous record of 83 percent garnered by Kim Young-sam in 1993. But a poll by Realmeter on Monday put Moon's approval rating at 78.1 percent, down six points from late May.
The decline was attributed to disappointment over his pick for foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, whose alleged ethical lapses cast her confirmation in doubt, compounded by dithering over the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here.
Kim Dae-jung enjoyed a 71-percent approval rating in the initial stage of his tenure, Roh Moo-hyun 60 percent, Lee Myung-bak 52 percent and Park Geun-hye a paltry 44 percent.
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