9 out of 10 S. Koreans positive about new government

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Seoul, May 19 (IANS) Almost nine out of 10 South Koreans gave a positive outlook for the new government under President Moon Jae-in, a survey showed on Friday.

According to the Gallup Korea poll, 87 per cent South Koreans forecast that Moon will do well in his management of state affairs during his five-year presidency.

Seven per cent showed a negative outlook, while 6 per cent refrained from replying, Xinhua news agency reported.

It was based on a survey of 1,004 voters conducted from Tuesday to Thursday. It has 3.1 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 per cent confidence level.

Moon’s ruling Democratic Party gained 48 per cent of support, marking the highest-ever since the party was created. It was up 13 percentage points compared with the figure tallied before the election on May 9.

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It was followed by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party and the centrist People’s Party, which garnered an identical 8 per cent in approval rating.

The minor progressive Justice Party and the minor conservative Righteous Party also had an identical support rate of 7 per cent.

–IANS

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