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Lee overtakes Yoon with 38 pct vs. 36 pct in presidential race: survey

All News 15:07 December 09, 2021

SEOUL, Dec. 9 (Yonhap) -- Lee Jae-myung, the presidential nominee of the ruling Democratic Party (DP), has overtaken his rival Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party (PPP) with 38 percent support against Yoon's 36 percent, a survey showed Thursday.

The reversal comes after Lee gained 5 percentage points from last week, while Yoon climbed only 2 points in the survey of 1,004 people conducted Monday to Wednesday by Embrain Public, Kstat Research, Korea Research and Hankook Research.

This is the first time Lee has topped Yoon since the latter was named the PPP presidential nominee in the first week of November, the pollsters said.

In third place was Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of the minor opposition People's Party, at 4 percent, followed by Sim Sang-jeung of the minor progressive Justice Party at 3 percent.

Lee and Yoon tied at 39 percent for election probability.

More people, or 46 percent, viewed the March 9 presidential election as passing judgment on the Moon Jae-in administration, while 42 percent said they preferred stability in state affairs.

Lee was chosen as the candidate most likely to have good economic policies at 42 percent, followed by Yoon at 25 percent, Ahn at 6 percent and Sim at 2 percent.

Moon's approval rating lagged behind his disapproval rating 43 percent to 52 percent.

The PPP had the most support at 35 percent, trailed by the DP at 34 percent, the Progressive Party at 4 percent and the People's Party at 3 percent.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level.

Lee Jae-myung (L), the presidential nominee of the ruling Democratic Party, shakes hands with Yoon Suk-yeol, the nominee of the main opposition People Power Party, at a forum held at a Seoul hotel on Nov. 24, 2021. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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