President Moon’s approval rating drops slightly

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in's approval rating remained high despite a slight decrease last week, poll data showed Monday.

In a survey conducted by Realmeter, the president's approval rating came to 75.4 percent last week, down 0.5 percentage point from a week earlier.

The weekly survey was conducted Monday through Friday with 2,502 adults across the nation.

The on-week drop was partly attributed to the controversial government-proposed reform of investigative rights, which seeks to allow the police to initiate and close investigations independently of the prosecution.

The move is prompted by an apparently widespread view that the prosecution enjoys too much authority over police investigators, and that such authority is often abused.

Still, many believe the government-proposed reform may end up giving too much power to the police.

The local pollster noted the government's agreement with the United States to suspend the countries' joint military exercises also may have adversely affected the president's approval rating.

The agreement came in the wake of denuclearization dialogue with North Korea, but many South Koreans, especially conservatives, believe the decision could ultimately weaken the South Korea-U.S. alliance.

In the week following its overwhelming victory in the quadrennial local elections, the ruling Democratic Party's approval rating dropped 2.9 percentage points on-week to 54.1 percent, while that of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party slipped 0.9 percentage point to 16.7 percent, according to Realmeter.

The progressive Justice Party's approval rating gained 1.1 points to 8.0 percent while those of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party and the Party for Democracy and Peace shed 0.3 percentage point and 0.5 percentage point, respectively, to 5.1 percent and 3.0 percent.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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