Moon's Approval Rating Plunges Further

      April 05, 2021 11:21

      Moon Jae-in /Newsis

      President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has fallen even further to a record-low 32 percent.

      In a Gallup Korea poll of 1,000 people last week, 58 percent said Moon is doing a bad job, many of them in their 40s, who are considered his core support demographic.

      The proportion of supporters fell another two percentage points since a week earlier, though the proportion of outright detractors also fell one percentage point. Among people in their 40s, 47 percent were dissatisfied with his performance while 43 percent were still in favor of him, compared to 49 and 48 percent a week earlier.

      The proportion of people who complained about Moon's real estate polices increased from a week ago, probably as a result of revelations that key officials close to him had jacked up their jeonse or Korean-style deposit lease prices just before the government put a cap on price hikes.

      Asked if they want a ruling or opposition-party candidate to win next year's presidential election, 35 percent backed a Minjoo Party candidate and 52 percent an opposition figure.

      Among potential hopefuls, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung and former Prosecutor-General Yoon Suk-yeol led with 23 percent each. A distant second was former MP leader Lee Nak-yon with seven percent, followed by People Party leader Ahn Cheol-soo (four percent), independent lawmaker Hong Joon-pyo (two percent) and the People Power Party's Oh Se-hoon (one percent).

      Some 37 percent were unsure which candidate to back since nobody has declared their candidacy yet.

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