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Park's approval rating in doldrums

2016/11/18 11:10

SEOUL, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye's approval rating remained at a record-low single digit this week, data showed Friday, amid a series of anti-government rallies being held throughout the capital city.

According to the survey conducted by pollster Gallup Korea, Park's national approval rating remained unchanged on-week at 5 percent, with the disapproval rating also standing at 90 percent, both record levels.

The public sentiment against Park has dropped sharply in the past weeks amid the influence-peddling scandal of her confidante, who allegedly exerted power on state affairs and enjoyed unlawful favors.

Amid the allegations, there have been various protests throughout the country that called for Park to resign.

Accordingly, the main opposition Democratic Party stood as the most favored party with an approval rating of 31 percent, trailed by the ruling Saenuri Party that posted 15 percent, down 2 percentage points on-week. The splinter People's Party held 14 percent, up 1 percentage point.

Gallup Korea said Saenuri's latest approval rating marks the lowest figure since the launch of Park's administration.

The survey was conducted on 1,007 South Koreans with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points this week.

President Park Geun-hye (Yonhap) President Park Geun-hye (Yonhap)