July 20, 2020 13:12
President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has plummeted, especially among young women, over the government's response to sexual misconduct allegations against late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon.
According to a weekly survey of 1,001 adults by Gallup Korea out on July 17, Moon's approval rating fell slightly to 46 percent from 47 percent the previous week.
But among people in their 20s it plunged from 46 percent to 36 percent, the lowest among all age groups, after those in their 40s (59 percent), 30s (54 percent), 50s (46 percent) and 60s or above (39 percent).
It peaked at 71 percent in the first week of May but has been declining since.
Young women seem to have been the main driver after the government tried to pooh-pooh the sexual harassment charges against Park, who killed himself earlier this month. Among women in their 20s Moon's approval plunged from 57 percent to 42 percent over the past week, compared to just six percentage points to 30 percent among their male counterpart.
Among women in their 30s, the figure dropped from 63 percent to 56 percent, but among men in the same age group it increased from 41 percent to 43 percent.
A Gallup Korea staffer said, "The discontent felt by women in their 20s and 30s about the former Seoul mayor, who was a member of the ruling party, appears to have affected their support for the president."
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