Go to Contents Go to Navigation

Moon leads Ahn in approval ratings by 3 percentage points: poll

All News 10:30 April 14, 2017

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- Presidential front-runner Moon Jae-in stayed ahead of his biggest rival by 3 percentage points after both saw their approval ratings increase by the same margin, a poll showed Friday.

Moon of the liberal Democratic Party garnered 40 percent from Tuesday to Thursday, up 2 points from last week, according to Gallup Korea. Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party also gained 2 points to 37 percent.

The May 9 election has shaped up to be a duel between the longtime rivals, with Ahn posing a growing challenge to Moon since early this month.

This photo shows the main contenders in South Korea's presidential election (from L to R): Hong Joon-pyo, Ahn Cheol-soo, Yoo Seong-min, Sim Sang-jeung and Moon Jae-in. (Yonhap)

"Unlike other candidates, Ahn Cheol-soo's approval rating far exceeds the approval rating of his party," the pollster said. "In other words, at this point, Ahn has a considerable following outside the support base of the People's Party, which means there is a greater level of uncertainty or vulnerability compared with other candidates."

Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party stood in third place with 7 percent, trailed by Sim Sang-jeung of the minor progressive Justice Party and Yoo Seong-min of the splinter conservative Bareun Party at 3 percent each.

The survey was conducted on 1,010 adults nationwide and had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.


Issue Keywords
Most Liked
Most Saved
Most Viewed More
Send Feedback
How can we improve?
Thanks for your feedback!