Is it possible for the president-elect to be a lame duck before she even takes the office? Park Geun-hye seems to be heading in that direction. After Park’s disastrous nomination of Kim Yong-joon as the prime minister–which failed in less than a week amid allegations of Kim’s corruption involving his sons–the poll numbers for Park is sinking like a rock. The latest poll showed 52% favorability to PGH, a drop of 4% before Kim’s nomination failed.
While it is quite normal for the outgoing president to leave with very low numbers–by the way, Lee Myeong-bak is clocking in at 23.2%, the lowest ever in Korean history–the low numbers for the president-elect is quite unusual. Korean public has historically given a generous honeymoon boost to the president election after the election, even after hotly contested elections. Roh Moo-hyun’s numbers as the president-elect was around 70%, even though Roh only prevailed by 2.3%. Kim Young-sam’s pre-inauguration numbers were over 80%.