October 10, 2019 10:52
President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has plunged to the lowest point since he took office, after his baffling appointment of scandal-ridden Cho Kuk as justice minister.
A Hankook Research poll out on Wednesday showed a mere 32.4 percent approved of Moon's performance, while 49.3 percent disapproved and 18.3 percent were non-committal. In a similar poll by Gallup Korea on Sept. 22, his approval rating fell to 40 percent.
Only among respondents in their 30s was his approval rating higher than his disapproval rating at 48.4 percent to 32.1 percent but did not exceed 50 percent.
Those in their 60s disapproved the most with 64.9 percent, three times the 20.3 percent who approved. Among 50-somethings, 58 percent were dissatisfied compared to 31.6 percent who said he is doing a good job.
By region, only people in Gwangju and Jeolla provinces still solidly approved of Moon with 53.9 percent.
The survey was conducted on 1,200 adults nationwide by telephone from Sept. 26 to Oct. 2.
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