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Gyeonggi governor narrows gap with former PM in presidential hopeful poll

All News 13:16 August 04, 2020

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- Lee Jae-myung, governor of Gyeonggi Province, further narrowed his gap with front-runner Lee Nak-yon, a former prime minister, in a poll of potential presidential candidates released Tuesday.

Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl remained in third in last week's survey conducted by pollster Realmeter.

The favorability rating of Rep. Lee Nak-yon of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) fell to 25.6 percent at the end of July from 30.8 percent a month earlier. His popularity has continued to slide after peaking at 40.2 percent in April.

The score of Lee Jae-myung from the same party rose to 19.6 percent, the highest he has ever seen, from June's 15.6 percent, after the Supreme Court overturned his conviction of election law violations in mid-July.

The gap between the two liberal politicians narrowed to six points from 15.2 points.

This combined photo shows Rep. Lee Nak-yon (L) of the ruling Democratic Party and Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung. (Yonhap)

Yoon saw his popularity grow 3.7 percentage points to 13.8 percent. He has emerged as a potential candidate of the conservative opposition United Future Party (UFP), although he has not declared any interest in politics.

The trio was followed by former presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo of the UFP with 5.8 percent, another former presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, who heads the minor People's Party with 4.9 percent, and former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon of the UFP with 4.3 percent.

The survey, commissioned by OhmyNews, a media outlet, was conducted on 2,560 adults across the country from July 27-31. It has a margin of error of 1.9 percentage points with a 95 percent confidence level.

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