July 05, 2022 13:38
President Yoon Suk-yeol's disapproval rating has risen above 50 percent for the first time since he took office as a global recession bites.
In a Realmeter poll released Monday, 50.2 percent of respondents said Yoon is not doing a good job, up 2.5 percentage points from a week earlier, compared to 44.4 percent who approved.
For some the main problem seems to be that he is not rightwing enough, with approval plummeting 10 percentage points among supporters of the conservative People Power Party in their 70s and older in its strongholds of Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province.
In another poll by the Korea Society Opinion Institute, Yoon's disapproval rating stood at 51.9 percent, while his approval rating was 42.8 percent.
"I didn't care about my approval rating even during the election campaign. I think the rating is meaningless and my duty is just to work hard for the people," Yoon told reporters on his way to his office.
"Global inflation caused by the Ukrainian war and supply chain disruptions are the biggest reason for the low approval rating," a senior official at the presidential office said. "I believe the rating will rise when the war is over and internal conflict in the ruling party gets resolved."
However, a ruling party official said, "It's more likely that the Minjoo Party, which dominates the National Assembly, will refuse to cooperate with the PPP in the legislative process if the president's approval rating drops below 40 percent and his support base isn't strong enough."
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