Polls Send Mixed Messages After Moon-Ahn TV Debate

      November 23, 2012 11:19

      Opinion polls are sending mixed signals as the opposition tried to field a single presidential candidate. Independent Ahn Cheol-soo is ahead of Democratic United Party hopeful Moon Jae-in in polls that see him as a stronger contender against Saenuri Party candidate Park Geun-hye, but Moon is way ahead of Ahn in polls gauging suitability.

      If Moon and Ahn manage to reach agreement on how the single candidate is to be chosen, it will most likely be through opinion polls of one kind or another. These could be held on Sunday and Monday, with the winner decided Monday.

      If not, the selection will not be possible before candidate registration on Monday.

      Left: Democratic United Party presidential candidate Moon Jae-in leaves a photo exhibition in Dongsung-dong, Seoul on Thursday; Right: Independent Ahn Cheol-soo talks to the press after a televised debate with Moon on Wednesday.

      Meanwhile, Moon and Ahn were busy trying to gauge voter support following their first televised TV debate on Wednesday night. Both camps believe Moon was slightly ahead of Ahn in post-debate approval ratings.

      TV Chosun surveyed 20 political experts on Thursday and found that 13 felt Moon was the winner. Another survey by the Donga Ilbo of 10 experts from polling agencies showed six for Moon but only three for Ahn and one saying it was a tie.

      The Korea Economic Daily surveyed eight pundits, six of whom thought Moon came out better, two were neutral and none felt Ahn did better. An exit poll after the TV debate by the Seoul Shinmun daily showed 39.7 percent saying Moon did better and 24.6 percent Ahn.

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