SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in's approval rating continued to dwindle this week, a poll showed Thursday, amid controversies over North Korea's reported expansion of nuclear facilities, government plans to increase real estate taxes and refugee seekers from Yemen.

In a survey conducted Monday through Wednesday by Realmeter, 68.9 percent of 1,501 adults polled said they approved the way the president managed state affairs.

The reading marks a drop of 1.7 percentage points from 70.6 percent tallied over the same period last week. It also marks a third consecutive week of decline.

Those who disapproved the way Moon managed state affairs accounted for 25.5 percent of all respondents, up 3 percentage points from a week earlier.

The ruling Democratic Party also suffered a slight setback, with its approval rating slipping 0.4 percentage point to 47.4 percent.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party's approval rating gained 1.2 percentage points to 19.2 percent, while that of the progressive Justice Party dropped 0.4 point to 9.7 percent.

The approval rating of the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party advanced 0.7 percentage point to 6.0 percent, and that of the liberal Party for Peace and Democracy also gained 0.6 point to 2.9 percent.

Source: Yonhap News Agency