South Korea President Moon's approval rating rises for 2 weeks on inter-Korean dialogue mood

The continued rise in South Korean President Moon Jae In's support came amid the inter-Korean dialogue mood that lasted after the decision by North Korea to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The continued rise in South Korean President Moon Jae In's support came amid the inter-Korean dialogue mood that lasted after the decision by North Korea to participate in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (XINHUA) - South Korean President Moon Jae In's approval rating rose for two straight weeks amid the continued dialogue mood between the two Koreas, a weekly survey showed Monday (Mar 5).

According to the Realmeter poll, support for Moon gained 0.8 percentage points from a week earlier to 66.5 per cent last week.

Moon's support score was on the rise for two weeks in a row.

The result was based on a poll of 2,003 voters conducted last week. It had 2.2 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 per cent confidence level.

The continued rise in Moon's support came amid the inter-Korean dialogue mood that lasted after the decision by North Korea to participate in the Winter Olympics hosted by the South.

The high-ranking North Korean delegations to the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies met with President Moon to discuss ways to build peace on the Korean Peninsula and improve inter-Korean relations.

Moon dispatched his special envoys to Pyongyang earlier in the day as part of efforts to broker talks between North Korea and the United States to advance the denuclearisation on the peninsula.

Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party climbed 0.7 percentage points over the week to 50 per cent last week, keeping an upward trend for two straight weeks.

It was followed by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party with 19.7 per cent, which added 0.4 percentage points compared with the previous week.

The approval scores for the conservative Bareun Future Party fell 0.3 percentage points to 6.8 per cent, while those for the minor progressive Justice Party and the liberal Party for Democracy and Peace stood at 4.5 per cent and 3.0 per cent respectively.