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Lee widens lead over Yoon to 11 percentage points: survey

All News 13:55 December 30, 2021

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- Ruling party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung has widened his lead over his main opposition rival Yoon Suk-yeol to 11 percentage points in a hypothetical four-way race, a survey showed Thursday.

Lee of the liberal Democratic Party garnered 39 percent support against Yoon of the conservative People Power Party's 28 percent, according to the survey of 1,000 adults conducted Monday through Wednesday by Embrain Public, Kstat Research, Korea Research and Hankook Research.

Lee gained 4 percentage points from last week, while Yoon lost 1 percentage point.

Lee Jae-myung (R), the presidential nominee of the ruling Democratic Party, shares a laugh with Yoon Suk-yeol, the nominee of the main opposition People Power Party, at an event in Seoul marking the 21st anniversary of former President Kim Dae-jung's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize, in the Dec. 9, 2021, file photo. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of the minor opposition People's Party, came in third with 6 percent, followed by Sim Sang-jeung of the progressive Justice Party with 5 percent.

The survey showed 45 percent of the respondents want the ruling party candidate to win the March 9 presidential election in order to ensure the stable running of state affairs.

In comparison, 40 percent of the respondents said they want the opposition candidate to win as a rebuke of the current administration.

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

kdh@yna.co.kr
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