Support for South Korea's Moon Hits Record High after Summit: Poll

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – President Moon Jae-in is enjoying record support from the South Korean public in the wake of a historic summit with his North Korean counterpart, pollsters said Thursday.

Support for South Korea's Moon Hits Record High after Summit: Poll

More than three in four voters approved of Moon, according to pollster Real meter – an all-time high for any South Korean president at the end of their first year in office, AFP reported.

Real meter said the result reflected "mounting public expectations for the North's denuclearization and the establishment of peace on the Korean peninsula" following Moon's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday.

The president's support rose more than eight points to 78.3% in the week following the summit, where the two leaders agreed to work towards a permanent peace treaty.

Since his May 2017 election, Moon had projected a stable and down-to-earth style while communicating closely with voters, Jeong Han-wool of public opinion firm Hankook Research told AFP.

"Moon's approval ratings, which were relatively low around the end of last year, surged back up following the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics," he said.

North Korea sent athletes, supporters, an art troupe and high-level officials to the Olympics, initiating a flurry of diplomatic gestures that culminated in last week's summit.

Jeong said Moon's popularity was likely to continue through next month's local elections, which Moon's ruling Democratic Party is widely tipped to dominate.

The center-left party enjoyed the support of nearly 55% of the electorate in the latest Real meter poll, while the conservative Liberty Korea Party had less than 18% support, shedding more than three percent since last week.

Support for the opposition has flatlined since former presidents Park Geun-hye and her predecessor Lee Myung-bak were embroiled in massive corruption cases. Both former leaders are now in jail.

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