December 14, 2020 12:04
President Moon Jae-in scored an all-time low 38 percent approval rating last week amid the triple whammy of failed real estate policies, the ugly hounding of Prosecutor-General Yoon Suk-yeol and the government's failure to secure timely coronavirus vaccines.
In the Gallup Korea poll of 1,000 adults between Dec. 8 and 10, some 54 percent said they have a negative view of his performance and the rest were non-committal.
On specific policies, 18 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with the government's real-estate policies, while 12 percent said he is generally incompetent and seven percent complained about personnel issues.
Respondents who still approve of Moon cited his coronavirus quarantine measures (25 percent) as the biggest reason, but this positive evaluation of the government's response to the coronavirus epidemic is evaporating.
In a poll last month, 56 percent of respondents who were in favor of him said he was doing well in dealing with the epidemic, down from the previous month's 72 percent. And now some 32 percent are dissatisfied with the measures, up 14 percent from the previous month.
An official in the ruling Minjoo Party said, "The tightened lockdown due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases seems to have affected approval ratings as well."
In another poll of 2,531 people between Dec. 7 and 11 by Realmeter released on Monday, Moon's approval rating hit a new record low of 36.7 percent, down 0.7 percentage point from a week earlier.
In particular, it dropped 4.2 percentage points among progressive voters and 3.7 percentage points among people in their 40s, who are his traditional support base.
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