SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell to a record low for his administration due to low public confidence in the government's economic policy, a poll showed Friday.

Moon's support came to 44 percent this week, down 2 percentage points from the previous week, according to a Gallup Korea poll of 1,004 people across the country. The survey was conducted between Tuesday and Thursday.

It marked the second straight week of decline and the lowest rating since Moon's inauguration in May 2017.

The pollster said the decline is apparently attributable to what the public sees as a lack of government efforts to prop up the slowing economy and the liberal government's excessive focus on North Korea.

A separate survey by pollster Realmeter showed a similar outcome. Growing public doubt about North Korea's commitment to denuclearization was cited as the main factor for Moon's record-low approval rating.

The support rating for the ruling Democratic Party reached 39 percent this week, unchanged from the previous week, Gallup said.

The reading for the main opposition Liberty Korea Party came to 22 percent, up 2 percentage points from a week earlier.

The poll had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.

Source: Yonhap news Agency