September 27, 2018 12:54
President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has bounced back to above 70 percent since his third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20.
That was a jump of over 20 percent compared to earlier polls, when his approval rating hit the doldrums over his economic policies. But nearly equal numbers of respondents were either optimistic or pessimistic about the prospect of North Korea denuclearizing.
Moon's approval ratings in polls conducted by KBS, MBC and SBS on Sept. 20-22, right after the summit, were 72.3 percent, 73.4 percent, and 72.1 percent.
His approval rating peaked at 81 percent in polls on the 100th day after his inauguration but plummeted due to economic woes as the minimum wage hike backfired and property prices soared.
Around 80 percent of respondents in all three polls approved of the results of the summit in Pyongyang. But only 55 percent in the KBS poll were actually optimistic that North Korea will denuclearize.
Among respondents in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, more than half said they believe the North will abandon its nuclear weapons, but among 20-somethings some 63.1 percent said the North will never give them up.
Some 59 percent said "South Korea and the U.S. should not declare an end to the Korean War until after the North takes verifiable and irreversible steps to denuclearization."
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