Korean president’s approval rating rises ahead of Trump’s state visit

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating rose last week on expectations for diplomatic and security fruits that can be achieved when U.S. President Donald Trump makes a state visit this week to the country.

According to the Realmeter poll released Monday, support for Moon was 70.3 percent last week, up 3.1 percentage points from the previous week. It rose above 70 percent for the first time in about 2 months.

It was based on a survey of 2,533 voters conducted from last Monday to Friday. It had 1.9 percentage points in a margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

Expectations went higher for security and diplomatic fruits, which President Moon can achieve during Trump’s two-day trip to South Korea from Tuesday, the pollster said.
The agreement between South Korea and China, which was announced last week to return the bilateral relations to a normal development track, also helped boost Moon’s support scores.

Support for Moon’s ruling Democratic Party advanced 2.5 percentage points from a week earlier to 51.7 percent last week.

It was followed by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party with 16.8 percent last week, down 2.1 percentage points from a week ago.

The centrist People’s Party won 6.0 percent in approval scores, while the minor progressive Justice Party and the minor conservative Righteous Party garnered 5.9 percent and 4.8 percent respectively.

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