May 03, 2021 09:31
President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has dropped below 30 percent for the first time since he took office.
According to a Gallup Korea poll last week, only 29 percent of respondents approved of Moon's performance, down two percentage points from a week earlier, compared to 60 percent who disapproved. It was the first time Moon's approval rating has dipped below the psychological milestone.
His approval ratings were particularly poor among voters in their 20s (21 percent), 50s (29 percent), and the over-60s (20 percent) but relatively high among 30-somethings (41 percent) and 40-somethings (43 percent).
The entire government's approval rating was also the lowest in most categories, with a mere nine percent approving of its real estate policies versus a whopping 81 percent who disapproved.
Approval was 14 percent versus 65 percent in Moon's appointments of ministers, 27 percent versus 54 percent for his labor policies, 29 percent versus 52 percent for foreign affairs, 22 percent versus 60 percent for economic policies, 24 percent versus 57 percent for North Korea policies, and 29 percent versus 38 percent for education policies. Only his welfare policies scored 48 percent approval versus 34 percent disapproval.
Moon starts his fifth and final year as president next week and now seems to have become a lame duck. "Moon's approval rating fell below 30 percent relatively late in his presidency," said Huh Jin-jae of Gallup Korea. "What's more serious is that approval of his various policies is in such a low range."
Members of the ruling party were taken aback but still held out hopes of a rebound. "The rebound will be possible if we make progress in coronavirus vaccine supply and come up with more effective real estate policies," a senior party official said.
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