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Moon’s Support Hits Record Low Amid South Korean Land Scandal

  • Drop comes ahead of April election for mayors in Seoul, Busan
  • Public anger over high housing costs have dented support
Moon Jae-in.
Moon Jae-in.Photographer: Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool/Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s support rate hit a record low in the wake of a land scandal that has rocked his government, a worrisome sign for his progressive camp ahead of mayoral elections next month in Seoul and Busan.

Moon’s approval rating fell to 34%, down from 37% a week ago, a tracking survey from Gallup Korea released Friday showed. The drop came after Moon apologized last week over allegations state-run Korea Land & Housing Corp. employees used insider information to buy land near Seoul, which was later selected by the central government as areas for major housing developments.