The results of a public opinion poll May 13 showed that President Yoon Suk-yeol's approval rating has risen since he took office on May 10.
According to the results of a regular poll on the work performance of President Yoon conducted by Gallup Korea on May 10-12, more than one half (52%) of the people indicated their support for Yoon in contrast with 37% who cast a nay vote.
The positive evaluation increased by 11% compared with the poll results in the first week.
The positive evaluation was high among the supporters of People's Power Party (82%), the conservatives (73%), and those in their 60s or older (70%).. Reasons for the positive evaluation include ‘commitment fulfillment,’ ‘relocation of office’ and ‘determination.’
Meanwhile, the negative response was overwhelmingly from among the supporters of the now main opposition Democratic Party (68%), progressives (63%), and those in their 40s and 50s (50%). Reasons for the negative responses included ‘relocation of office from Cheong Wa Dae,’ ‘personnel reasons,’ and ‘failure in fully keeping promises.’
As for the background of this evaluation after taking office, it is interpreted that the start of work at the Yongsan Office and the completion of the ministerial hearings played a role.
When asked about the expectations from government management over the next five years, 60% of the respondents said that Yoon would do well, while 28% said they did not expect that Yoon would do well.
The approval rating of the now-ruling People's Power Party stood at 45%, up 5% from the previous week.
This is the highest level in seven years and six months since November 2014 (including its predecessors, the Saenuri Party, the Liberty Korea Party, and the Future United Party).
The main opposition Democratic Party's approval rating dropped by 10% to 31% in just one week.
In addition, influence by Yoon's inauguration, the sexual scandal and misconduct by Park Wan-joo, a third-term incumbent in the Democratic Party, is seen to have had some an effect.