S. Korean president's approval rating falls for 5 weeks: poll

Source: Xinhua| 2018-11-01 14:59:42|Editor: Liangyu
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SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell for five straight weeks as the support score made a natural correction after surging with the Pyongyang summit in September, a weekly survey showed Thursday.

According to the Realmeter poll, support for Moon declined 3.2 percentage points over the week to 55.5 percent this week, keeping a downward trend for the fifth consecutive week.

The result was based on a survey of 1,505 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday. It had 2.5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95-percent confidence level.

The downturn could be considered a natural correction as Moon's support rating surged after his third summit in Pyongyang with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The recent stock price dive and the worsened economic indicators contributed to lower approval rating, the pollster noted.

Support for the ruling Democratic Party fell 1.5 percentage points from a week earlier to 40.5 percent this week.

The main conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party saw its support rate rise 2.3 percentage points to 21.8 percent.

It was followed by the minor progressive Justice Party that won 8.9 percent of support. The minor conservative Bareun Future Party and the centrist Party for Democracy and Peace gained 6.6 percent and 3.3 percent each in approval scores.