A poll showed on Aug. 29 that a positive assessment of state affairs led by President Yoon Suk-yeol has been on the rise for three consecutive weeks.
According to a survey of 2,513 men and women aged 18 or older nationwide by Realmeter from Aug. 22 to 26 (the 4th week of August), the positive evaluation of President Yoon Suk-yeol's performance of state affairs was 33.6%, up 1.4 percentage points from the previous week. The negative evaluation fell 2.5 percentage points to 63.3 percent.
President Yoon's approval rating stopped falling for the first time in eight weeks in the second week of August and rebounded slightly to 30.4 percent. Since then, the rating has recorded 33.6 percent, rising for the third consecutive week.
The negative evaluation showed a downward trend from 67.8% in the first week of August to 67.2%, 65.8% and 63.3%.
The positive assessment of President Yoon rose the most among supporters of the People Power Party(PPP)( (13.4%P↑), housewives (8.6%P↑), conservatives (7.6%P↑), and students (6.0%P↑).
It also showed an upward trend in people in their 50s (4.9%P↑), Seoul (4.6%P↑), self-employed (4.5%P↑), and Incheon and Gyeonggi (2.8%P↑).
The negative evaluation increased in those in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries (5.9%P↑), middle class (2.1%P↑), their 60s (1.6%P↑), and sales/production/labor/service jobs (1.1%P↑).
Realmeter said, "We expected for the approval rating to settle in the middle of 30% last week due to favorable factors such as the meeting of chairman and vice chairmen of the National Assembly, expansion of guard area for former President Moon Jae-in's private home by 300m, ‘Eulji Freedom Shield training’ (security), and President Yoon’s visits to scenes of the people’s livelihood.
“However, it only rose slightly due to controversy over the leak of a petition from the former PPP representative Lee Jun-seok and the leak of the Presidential schedule by First Lady Kim Gun-hee's fan cafe
“However, the court's issue of citing former PPP Representative Lee's disposition was not reflected in this survey.”
The approval rating of political parties rose slightly both for the PPP and the Democratic Party of Korea. The rating for the PPP rose 1.4 percentage points to 39.0 percent from the previous week, while that for the Democratic Party of Korea rose 0.6 percentage points from the previous week to 45.0 percent.
The gap between the ruling PPP and the Democratic Party is 6 percentage points. The gap between the two parties widened to 12.7%P in the first week of August, but further narrowed this week following 11.3%P in the second week of August and 6.8%P in the third week of the survey.
The sample error of this survey is ±2.0%P at a 95% confidence level. The survey was conducted in a wireless 97% and wired 3%, with a response rate of 4.8%.