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President Moon’s Olympic Stance Isn’t Popular

Support for North Korea’s participation sends approval ratings near their lowest level since inauguration in May

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s support for North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics next month in Pyeongchang has led to a further fall in his approval ratings, especially among voters in their 20s and 30s. In the weeks after his inauguration last May, approval among these two age groups was as high as 94 percent, according to Gallup Korea. Since then his support has eroded to 75 percent and 82 percent, respectively. While still high compared with other world leaders, Moon’s overall approval rating fell six percentage points to 67 percent in a poll last week, the largest drop since July and near his historic low of 65 percent in late September.

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