S. Korean president's approval rating slightly falls on controversy over cabinet nominee

2017-06-19 10:20:19 GMT2017-06-19 18:20:19(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

SEOUL, June 19 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating slightly fell on controversy over a cabinet member nominee, a survey showed Monday.

According to a Realmeter poll, Moon gained 75.6 percent of support last week, down 3.3 percentage points from a week earlier.

The result was based on a survey of 2,534 voters conducted from Monday to Friday last week. It has 1.9 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

The first weekly approval rating for Moon was 78.1 percent. Moon took office on May 10.

Lower support scores came amid controversy over Justice Minister nominee Ahn Kyong-whan who withdrew himself from the nomination for reports that he forged a marriage registration about four decades ago.

Opposition parties denounced President Moon for his nominations of foreign minister and anti-trust watchdog chief.

Support for the ruling Democratic Party also slightly dipped to 53.6 percent last week. It was down 0.6 percentage points from the previous week.

It was followed by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party with 14.7 percent and the centrist People's Party with 6.8 percent.

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