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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on August 24th, 2013 at 3:54 am

President Park Geun-hye Scores High Approval Ratings After 6 Months

For Korean presidential approval ratings these numbers are sky high:

The six-month report card for the Park Geun-hye administration is in, and grades are good for foreign affairs and its handling of North Korea.

But the president got flunking grades for the top appointments in her administration and her recent tax reform plan, which was going to raise millions of people’s tax bills.

Sunday will be the six-month mark of Park’s presidency and analysis of her approval ratings showed they were lowest at the start and at the time of several botched appointments.

But at 54 percent in a Gallup Korea survey and 61.1 percent in a Realmeter survey, her ratings are now much higher than her two predecessors at the same point in their terms.  [Joong Ang Ilbo]

You can read more at the link, but she will get a huge bump in her ratings if the family reunions actually happen with North Korea.  For perspective of how high these ratings are former President Lee Myung-bak during the last year of his presidency was down to 21%.  If you think that is bad, former President Roh Moo-hyun once had a 5.7% approval rating.

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  • tbonetylr
    6:33 am on August 24th, 2013 1

    That didn’t stop the people from demonstrating on the Aug. 15th holiday and every weekend since. Somehow if the Hani reported such approval ratings the outcome would be different.

    Candlelight vigils continue every weekend
    “The ninth round of candlelight vigils was held at the mouth of the Cheonggye Stream in central Seoul condemning the National Intelligence Service’s interference in last December’s presidential election, August 23rd…”


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