S. Korean president's approval rating falls for 3 weeks on geopolitical risks

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell for three straight weeks on rising political risks on the Korean Peninsula, a survey showed Thursday.

According to the Realmeter poll, support for Moon was 66.8 percent this week, down 2.3 percentage points from the previous week.

It was based on a survey of 1,527 voters conducted from Monday to Wednesday. It had 2.5 percentage points in margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

Moon's support scores dipped for the third consecutive week as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s sixth nuclear test led to the rising sense of security crisis, the pollster noted.

On Sept. 3, Pyongyang tested what it claimed was a thermonuclear device that can be fitted atop a ballistic missile with intercontinental capability.

Controversy over the nomination of the constitutional court chief and a cabinet member also contributed to lower support for Moon, the pollster said.

Support for Moon among liberal voters weakened as the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile interception system was deployed last week after violently suppressing anti-THAAD protesters.

Four more THAAD launchers and other equipment were transported to the site in southeast of South Korea a week earlier, causing a physical conflict between the police and protesters and leaving more than 100 civilians injured.

The violent suppression triggered harsh criticism from liberal media outlets and anti-THAAD residents and activists.

Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party also declined 0.6 percentage points over the week to 49.1 percent this week.

[ Editor: Xueying ]


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