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Yoon's approval rating rises to 40%

May 29, 2023 - 09:30 By Yonhap
President Yoon Suk Yeol (center) speaks during a video call with researchers involved in the development of space rocket Nuri at the presidential office in Yongsan, Seoul last Thursday, after the successful launch of the homegrown rocket at Naro Space Center in Goheung, 328 kilometers south of Seoul. (Presidential office)

President Yoon Suk Yeol's approval rating has risen to 40 percent in a Realmeter survey due in large part to positive public assessments of his handling of foreign affairs and national security issues.

In the survey conducted last week of 2,504 people, Yoon's approval rating rose 1 percentage point from a week earlier, while his disapproval rating fell 1.2 percentage point to 56.7 percent during the same period.

It is the first time in 12 weeks that his rating has reached the 40 percent level.

The approval rating has been on a steady rise for five weeks since Yoon's summit with U.S. President Joe Biden last month, rising from 32.6 percent to 34.5 percent, 34.6 percent, 36.8 percent, 39 percent and 40 percent, according to Realmeter.

"It is the first time since the launch of the Yoon Suk Yeol government that his approval rating has risen for five consecutive weeks," Bae Cheol-ho, a senior analyst at Realmeter, said.

The approval rating of the ruling People Power Party fell 0.4 percentage point to 38.1 percent, while that of the main opposition Democratic Party rose 2.1 percentage points to 44.5 percent, the survey showed.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level. (Yonhap)