SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell for the fifth consecutive week, to 55.6 percent, last week as public interest in the slow-moving denuclearization process with North Korea waned while economic issues drew more attention, a survey showed Monday.
The Realmeter survey of 2,506 people, conducted from Monday through Friday, showed that Moon's rating dropped 3.1 percentage points from last week. Negative assessment of him rose 3.5 percentage points to 39.1 percent, it showed.
"As the denuclearization negotiations between the U.S. and the North moved slowly, public interest and expectations for peace on the Korean Peninsula declined, while news of the stock market plunging and deteriorating economic indexes expanded," Realmeter said of the fall.
The ruling Democratic Party's approval rating also fell slightly to 41.3 percent, while the main opposition Liberty Korea Party saw its rating inch up 1.1 percentage points to 20.6 percent, the survey showed.
Source: Yonhap News Agency