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Park's approval rating edges up to nearly 40 pct

President Park Geun-hye's job approval rating has edged up as the public supported her recent decision to designate Friday as a temporary holiday.

A new poll conducted by polling agency Realmeter put Park's approval rating at 39.5 percent, up 4.6 percentage points from a week earlier.

It said the uptick in Park's approval rating came as the government designated Friday as a temporary holiday to boost the spirits of South Koreans ahead of Liberation Day.

Liberation Day, which falls on Saturday, marks the 70th anniversary of Korea's independence from Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule.

The government has also said all expressways will be toll-free on Friday.

Those who disapproved of Park's job performance came to 54 percent, down 4.5 percentage points from a week earlier.

The survey was conducted on 2,500 adults between Aug. 3 and Aug. 7 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.0 percentage points. (Yonhap)

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