April 05, 2016 12:19
With less than 10 days left until the general elections some 27 percent of voters remain undecided which of the largely interchangeable candidates to vote for.
Both ruling and opposition parties squabbled over the nomination of candidates amid deepening internal rifts.
According to a Gallup poll on Monday, 27 percent of voters surveyed said they are undecided or declined to give an answer. A poll late last year showed only 21 percent of voters undecided.
Typically, the number of undecided voters dwindles as the election approaches, but this time the opposite seems to be the case. Voters in their 50s and 60s typically rally strongly behind conservative candidates over time, but now many voters in that age group wonder if they should vote at all.
Experts are left floundering. Jang Deok-hyun at Gallup Korea said, "In the past, young voters always promised to vote but then didn't, while voters in their 50s and 60s always showed up in strong numbers come election day."
In the Gallup poll late last year, 13 percent in their 50s and 60s were undecided, but that has risen to 23 percent.
Among voters in their 20s, a whopping 47 percent have found nobody to their liking.
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