S.Korean president's approval rating rebounds to 50 pct: poll

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-06 15:14:49|Editor: xuxin
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SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rebounded this week to 50 percent on rising expectations that top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un may visit Seoul before the end of this year, a weekly poll showed Thursday.

According to the Realmeter poll of 1,508 voters from Monday to Wednesday, support for Moon rose 1.6 percentage points over the week to 50 percent this week.

It was the first rebound in 10 weeks amid growing expectations for the DPRK leader's trip to Seoul within this year.

During the Pyongyang summit in September with Moon, Kim promised to visit Seoul at an early date. Moon hoped Kim's Seoul visit could be made before the end of this year.

Negative assessment on Moon's management of state affairs shed 1.7 percentage points to 44.9 percent. The result had 2.5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party added 0.4 percentage points to 38.4 percent. It was trailed by the main conservative opposition Liberty Korea Party with 24.4 percent of support scores, which fell 2 percentage points from the previous week.

The minor progressive Justice Party won 7.6 percent in approval scores, while the minor conservative Bareun Future party garnered 6.8 percent of support. The center-left Party for Democracy and Peace gained 2.6 percent of support.