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Ruling party head, Gyeonggi governor tied in poll of liberal presidential hopefuls

All News 14:36 October 07, 2020

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) -- Ruling Democratic Party (DP) leader Lee Nak-yon and Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung were tied in the lead in a poll of potential presidential candidates among liberal politicians released Wednesday.

In a survey by pollster Hankook Research conducted from Saturday to Sunday on 1,000 people aged 18 or older, the favorabilities of the two Lees both stood at 24 percent.

Author Rhyu Si-min, former health minister who heads a memorial foundation of late former President Roh Moo-hyun, came in third with 3 percent.

Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun, former DP Rep. Kim Boo-kyum and Rep. Sim Sang-jeung, former head of the minor progressive Justice Party, followed suit, all with support in the 2 percent range.

Of the respondents, 38 percent said they had no preferred candidate.

Among the surveyed, support toward the DP chief was higher among supporters of the ruling party, self-identifying liberals and those in their 30s, 40s and over 70s.

Favorability of Gov. Lee was stronger among non-DP supporters, self-identifying moderate and conservative voters, and those in their 20s, 50s and 60s.

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

In a separate identical survey on opposition figures, Ahn Cheol-soo, head of the minor opposition People's Party, lead the race, with 9 percent, followed by Prosecutor General Yoon Seok-youl, with 8 percent.

Of the respondents, 55 percent said they had no preferred figure.

The poll was commissioned by the Kyunghyang Shinmun daily newspaper and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points and a confidence level of 95 percent.


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