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Majority of Koreans support Seoul’s COVID-19 response

58.4 percent of people in South Korea say their government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is satisfactory, while 39.9 percent disagree. (Realmeter)
58.4 percent of people in South Korea say their government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic is satisfactory, while 39.9 percent disagree. (Realmeter)
A majority of South Koreans approve of their government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 8,000 people and killed 84 here.

According to the latest survey, released Tuesday by local polling firm Realmeter, 58.4 percent of respondents were happy with the government’s response to the pandemic, while 39.9 percent disagreed.

The approval rate showed a 3 percentage point rise since the same survey came out six weeks ago, though the increase fell within the margin of error.

Almost 9 out of 10 supporters of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea endorsed the government’s response, while 8 out of 10 followers of the main opposition United Future Party said the government was not handling the pandemic well.

In the politically neutral cities of Sejong and Daejeon, opinion was almost evenly split, with a slight majority in Daegu and nearby North Gyeongsang Province were not happy with the government’s response. Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province are traditional conservative strongholds.

The poll was commissioned by local online newspaper OhmyNews and conducted on 500 adults nationwide. It has a 95 percent confidence level with a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

By Choi Si-young (siyoungchoi@heraldcorp.com)
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