SEOUL, :President Moon Jae-in's approval rating remained unchanged last week, a poll showed Monday, despite the country's recent rapprochement with North Korea highlighted by the communist state's participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.
In a survey conducted by Realmeter, 63.5 percent of 2,501 respondents said they approved of Moon's way of managing state affairs.
The figure marked no change from a week earlier, but the latest reading came amid an apparent thaw in the South-North relationship.
Pyongyang has sent hundreds of people to the Winter Olympic Games, including 22 athletes, a cheering squad and an art performance group, under an agreement reached in inter-Korean dialogue last month that marked the first of their kind in over two years.
Highlighting the apparent improvement in their relations, the North's reclusive leader Kim Jong-un also sent an invitation to Moon to visit the North for what would be a third inter-Korean summit. Kim's message was delivered Saturday by his younger sister, Yo-jong, who arrived in South Korea the previous day, as part of a government delegation headed by the North's titular head of state Kim Yong-nam.
Those who disapproved of Moon's way of managing state affairs accounted for 32.1 percent of all respondents, down 0.3 percentage point from a week earlier. The weekly poll was conducted Monday through Friday.
The ruling Democratic Party's approval rating came to 48.2 percent in the weekly survey, up 0.1 percentage point from a week earlier.
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party's rating slipped 0.4 percentage point to 18.7 percent over the cited period, while those of the splinter Bareun Party and the liberal People's Party also declined 0.6 percentage point and 0.3 percentage point, respectively, to 5.7 percent and 4.8 percent.
The progressive Justice Party's rating gained 0.1 percentage point to 6.3 percent.
Source: Yonhap News Agency