February 25, 2014 marks President Park Geun-Hye’s first year as President of South Korea. Despite facing a host of domestic and foreign challenges throughout the year, President Park’s approval rating remained remarkably buoyant through her first year in office. While approval rates reached their highest point in July 2013 at nearly 70%, even at their lowest point in December 2013, they still hovered around 50%. Her time so far in the Blue House draws stark contrast with the experiences of previous administrations, whose high approval ratings—hitting 80% in certain cases—plummeted during the course of their first years.
The numbers suggest that President Park’s first year was a success. However, it is important to go beyond the numbers to evaluate the effectiveness of her policies. According to surveys conducted by the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, the public was strongly in support of President Park’s performance on foreign policy, with 67.7% stating as such. In contrast, 47.8% approved of her handling of domestic policy issues. Support for President Park’s handling of foreign policy was relatively high (30.9%) even among those who do not approve of her job performance overall. In fact, the survey results indicate that her performance on foreign policy was well received by the public regardless of party affiliation, ideology, or age. Even 52.9% of those who consider themselves to be progressive were in favor of her policy.
- Evaluating President Park Geun-Hye's foreign policy in its 1st year
- Choi, Kang; Bong, Youngshik; Kim, Hankwon; Kim, Jiyoon; Lee, Jaehyon
- The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
Evaluating President Park Geun-Hye's foreign policy in its 1st year
Seoul:The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
|Series Title; No||Issue Brief / 2014-08|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Government and Law < International Politics|
|Holding||The Asan Institute for Policy Studies|