President Yoon’s approval rating is again in the 20% range… The adverse effect of the tour becomes a reality

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President Seok-Yeol Yoon gets out of a vehicle to attend a meeting with the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Totonto, Canada on September 22.

President Seok-Yeol Yoon gets out of a vehicle to attend a meeting with the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Totonto, Canada on September 22.
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The approval rating for President Yoon Seok-yeol’s state affairs fell to the 20% level again in the 4th week of September poll by Gallup Korea announced on the 23rd.

This is the result of a survey conducted by Gallup Korea on the 20th and 22nd through telephone interview with 1,000 people aged 18 and over nationwide (response rate of 10.4%). The positive evaluation of the performance of state affairs that President Yoon is currently performing as president was 28%, down 5 percentage points compared to the previous week’s survey. Negative evaluation was 61%, a 2%p increase from the previous week’s survey. Others withheld opinions such as ‘Neither side’ or ‘I don’t know/refusal to respond’. The margin of error is ±3.1%p at the 95% confidence level.

Based on the results of a weekly Gallup Korea survey, the positive evaluation that had risen to around 30% right after the Chuseok holiday fell to the 20% level again within a week. Considering the timing of the investigation, it seems that the controversy over the construction of the new guesthouse and the cancellation of the visit to the condolences of Queen Elizabeth II of England were reflected. In particular, on the last day of the investigation, the controversy over President Yoon’s use of ‘profanity’ hit the country.

Positive evaluations over 70, down 14%p in a week, and the ruling party supporters and conservatives also…

The positive evaluation of the majority of the respondents declined.

By age, the positive evaluation of all age groups, except for those in their twenties (2%p▲, 20% → 22%, negative evaluation 63%), including 18 and 19 years old, decreased. Above all, positive evaluations of those in their 60s and 70s who evaluated President Yoon more favorably than other age groups also declined.

The positive evaluation of those in their 70s and older recorded the largest drop among all age groups at 48% (30% negative), down 14%p from the previous week, and the positive evaluation of those in their 60s decreased by 4%p from the previous week to 44% (45 negative evaluations). %) was shown. In addition, the positive evaluation of those in their 30s decreased 3%p from the previous week to 14% (negative evaluation 75%), the positive evaluation of those in their 40s decreased by 5%p from the previous week to 15% (80% negative evaluation), and the positive evaluation of those in their 50s was 5% compared to the previous week. It was 30%, down %p (65% negative).

By region, the positive evaluation of Busan, Ulsan, and Gyeongnam fell sharply. The positive evaluation of Busan, Ulsan, and Gyeongnam was 33% (58% negative), down 9%p from the previous week. The region with the largest drop was Seoul. The positive evaluation of Seoul was 27% (62% negative), down 7%p from the previous week. The positive evaluation of Daegu and Gyeongbuk was also found to be 41%, down 3%p from the previous week. It was also notable that the negative evaluation of Daegu and Gyeongbuk recorded 52%, up 9%p from the previous week.

The positive evaluation of the ruling party supporters and conservatives by ideological orientation also fell. The positive evaluation of the People’s Power supporters fell 6%p from the previous week to 61% (negative evaluation 27%), and the positive evaluation of the conservatives decreased 4%p from the previous week to 53% (negative evaluation 39%). The positive evaluation of the middle class by ideological orientation was also large. The positive evaluation of the middle class was 20% (71% negative), down 7%p from the previous week.

Other overseas trips with the former president ‘backfire’

  

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Democratic Party lawmaker Kim Won displays a screen related to President Yoon Seok-yeol's 'profanity controversy' on a billboard during a plenary session on education, society, and culture held at the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul on September 22.

▲ President Yoon’s “profanity” screen appeared in the government question Democratic Party lawmaker Kim Won displays a screen related to President Yoon Seok-yeol’s “controversy of profanity” on an electronic board during a plenary session held at the National Assembly in Yeouido, Seoul on September 22, in the education, social, and cultural fields.
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Examining the reasons for the evaluation that the negative evaluators of job performance answered in the free response in this survey, it is more evident that the controversy over the construction of the new guesthouse and the controversy over diplomatic failures from overseas tours were compounded.

In the third week of September survey, ‘experience, lack of qualifications/incompetence (12%)’, which had been ranked second as the reason for negative evaluation, was raised to the first place again. The proportion of respondents who answered ‘diplomacy (7%)’ as the reason for the negative evaluation increased by 3%p compared to the previous week’s survey, and there were also those who answered ‘relocation of the presidential office/guesthouse (6%)’ as the reason for the negative evaluation.

Above all, Gallup Korea said, “The reasons for this week’s negative evaluation were the relocation of the president’s office, such as the withdrawal of the plan to build a guesthouse, and comments related to the conduct of the leaders at the forefront of diplomacy, such as the cancellation of the British Queen’s condolences.” did not become a ‘plus’ in the job evaluation.”

In the 1st week of July survey conducted by Gallup Korea after attending the ‘NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit’, which was President Yoon’s first overseas tour, the results were similar to when the positive evaluation of state affairs fell 6%p compared to the previous survey. It is argued that

Gallup Korea also said, “This is different from previous presidents. President Moon Jae-in’s attendance at the UN General Assembly in September 2018 created synergy with the previous inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang, contributing to a rebound in job evaluation.”

Meanwhile, for a detailed overview and results of this survey, please refer to the website of Gallup Korea and the National Election Opinion Survey Deliberation Committee.

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