Moon’s job approval rating inches up

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose slightly last week after four consecutive weeks of decline, a poll showed Monday.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter, 46.4 percent of 2,008 people polled said they approved of Moon's job as president.

The reading marks a 0.5 percentage-point increase from a record low of 45.9 percent posted a week before.

Moon's job approval rating had been on a steady decline amid a controversy sparked by a claimed confession from a former inspector of the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae that he had been engaged in illegal surveillance of civilians and politicians at a direct order from his superiors, a practice partly blamed for the ouster of former President Park Geun-hye.

Cheong Wa Dae strongly denies the allegation and has filed a complaint against the former inspector, Kim Tae-woo.

Moon's approval rating apparently rebounded after he ordered his chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, and his top secretary for civil affairs, Cho Kuk, to appear before a parliamentary committee to answer related questions despite the lack of any obligation, the local pollster noted.

Still, those who disapproved of Moon's job as president outnumbered those in favor.

Of the total, 48.2 percent of respondents said they did not approve of the job Moon is doing, the survey showed. The reading marks a 1.5 percentage-point drop from a week earlier.

The job approval rating of the ruling Democratic Party improved, gaining 1.5 percentage points to 38.3 percent over the cited period, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party slipped 0.9 point to 24.8 percent.

The progressive Justice Party and the splinter Bareunmirae Party saw their own ratings drop 0.3 percentage point and 0.9 percentage point, respectively, to 8.7 percent and 6.2 percent.

The approval rating of the liberal opposition Party for Democracy and Peace remained unchanged at 2.4 percent.

Source: Yonhap news Agency