SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell, for the seventh consecutive week, to 53.8 percent this week, a survey showed Thursday, as concerns about the economy grew and North Korea's denuclearization process stalled.
The figure represented a 1.6 percentage point drop from a week earlier. The Realmeter survey of 1,503 people conducted from Monday through Wednesday has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.
"Anxiety about the economy has steadily expanded, fanned by news of economic indicators deteriorating and near daily attacks by some political parties and the media over economic failures," Realmeter said.
Adding to the drop was a New York Times report about North Korean missile sites and the political bickering over the government's shipment of 200 tons of tangerines as a gift to North Korea, the pollster said.
The tangerines were sent in return for two tons of mushrooms that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered as a gift to South Korea after his third summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang in September.
Source: Yonhap News Agency