Moon’s job approval rating inches up after 5-week decline

SEOUL, Nov. 23 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's job approval rating rose slightly this week, ending a five-week streak of drops, a poll showed Friday.

The rating came to 53 percent in a weekly survey conducted by Gallup Korea, up 1 percentage point from a week earlier. It was conducted Tuesday through Thursday on 1,001 adults across the nation.

While no major issue appears to have directed the rating in either way, 26 percent of those that approved of Moon's job as president named the country's improved relations with North Korea as the largest reason for their approval.

Of all respondents, 38 percent said they did not approve of Moon's job as president. Of those, 45 percent cited poor economic conditions for their reason, according to the local pollster.

The ruling Democratic Party's approval rating also gained 2 percentage points from a week before to 44 percent, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party shed 3 points to 14 percent.

The approval ratings of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party and the Party for Democracy and Peace came to 6 percent and 1 percent, respectively, with that of the progressive Justice Party coming to 10 percent.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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