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South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s approval rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time, a poll showed Thursday, as economic hardship bites and concerns rise over a rapid drive toward reconciliation with the North, reports BSS/AFP.
Moon’s popularity hovered near 80 percent in May — an all-time high for any South Korean president at the end of their first year in office — in the wake of a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
But it tumbled to 48.8 percent in a Realmeter survey of 1,508 people carried out this week, extending a downward trend for the ninth week running.
The sharp drop reflected public discontent over ‘economic struggles’ amid stagnant growth, rising joblessness and persistent income gaps, the pollster said.