December 04, 2020 11:49
President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has dropped to a record-low 37 percent amid an ugly government campaign to drive out the prosecutor general, who had been investigating key officials for corruption.
Pollster Realmeter on Thursday said Moon and the ruling Minjoo Party's approval ratings dropped by the biggest margin in the Chuncheong region, which is considered Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl's home turf.
Yoon was born in Seoul, but his father, Yonsei University professor emeritus Yoon Ki-joong hails from South Chungcheong Province, which can mean a lot in a country driven by regional rivalries.
Realmeter polled 1,508 people across the country from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and put Moon's approval rating at 30.5 percent in Daejeon, Sejong and the broader Chungcheong provinces, down 14.9 percentage points from the previous week.
But it plummeted across the country, from 72.2 percent to 58.3 percent in Gwangju and Jeolla provinces, from 41.4 percent to 31 percent in Busan, Ulsan and South Gyeongsang Provinces, from 30.1 percent to 23.8 percent in Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, from 39 percent to 36.5 percent in Seoul, and from 44.3 percent to 42.3 percent in Incheon and Gyeonggi Province.
Bae Jong-chan of market researcher Insight K said, "There is a lot of resentment among Chungcheong residents of the administration's treatment of Yoon, and people in that region feel more alienated than people in the Gyeongsang and Jeolla regions."
The main opposition People Power Party's approval rating inched up 3.3 percentage points compared to last week to 31.2 percent, which put it ahead of Minjoo's 28.9 percent for the first time in about four months.
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