President Yoon’s Approval Rating Climbs to 39.5 Percent Amid Support for Livelihood Policies

SEOUL — President Yoon Suk Yeol's approval rating has seen a modest increase to 39.5 percent, according to a recent poll, reflecting public support for his administration's focus on livelihood policies, including the expansion of the medical school enrollment quota.

According to Yonhap News Agency, a survey conducted from Tuesday to Friday showed Yoon's approval rating moving up by 0.3 percentage points from the previous week, while his disapproval rating decreased by 0.5 percentage points to 57.2 percent. This marks the third consecutive week Yoon's approval numbers have improved, signaling a positive response from the public towards his policy directions.

Realmeter attributed this upward trend to the president's initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for citizens. Notably, the increase in the medical school enrollment quota, designed to address the shortage of healthcare professionals in critical areas such as pediatrics, obstetrics, and emergency medicine, has been met with favorable public opinion.

The survey, which was commissioned by the Energy Economy News daily, reported a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

In terms of party support, the ruling People Power Party garnered 39.1 percent, closely trailing the main opposition Democratic Party, which secured 40.2 percent. The newly formed New Reform Party, established by a merger of smaller factions including defectors from the two major parties, received 6.3 percent support in its debut appearance in Realmeter's weekly survey. This separate survey on political parties conducted on Thursday and Friday reported a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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