S. Korean president's approval rating rises for 4 weeks

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/11/23 11:42:49

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose for the fourth straight week on positive public sentiment about Moon's decision to delay the college entrance exam following a powerful quake hitting the country's southeastern region, a poll showed Thursday.

According to the Realmeter survey, support for Moon was 73.1 percent this week, up 1.5 percentage points from a week earlier. It marked the fourth consecutive week of advance.

It was based on a survey of 1,515 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday. It had 2.5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

Moon's support scores continued to rise as President Moon decided last week to delay the college entrance exam by a week to Thursday.

The country's second-biggest ever earthquake struck the southeastern region, damaging some of school buildings.

In a separate Realmeter survey of 511 voters conducted on Wednesday, more than eight out of 10 South Koreans supported Moon's decision to delay the college entrance exam.

After the main tremor hit the Pohang city in North Gyeongsang province, scores of aftershocks occurred near the southeastern coastal city.

Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party gained 0.5 percentage points over the week to 51.8 percent this week.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party garnered 16.7 percent of support this week, down 1.6 percentage points from the previous week.

The minor progressive Justice Party ranked the third with 6.9 percent in support score. The minor conservative Righteous Party came next with 5.6 percent, followed by the centrist People's Party with 4.4 percent.


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