June 15, 2021 11:38
The main opposition People Power Party is enjoying a 10-percentage-point lead over the ruling Minjoo Party in approval ratings after electing 36-year-old Lee Jun-seok as its leader, according to a poll.
But half of the respondents said they will wait and see if the PPP is embracing genuine change.
In the poll of 2,512 people by pollster Realmeter last week, 39.1 percent supported the PPP, while only 29.2 percent backed the MP.
The PPP's approval rose 1.1 percentage points from the previous week, while the MP's fell another 0.5 percentage points. The minor People Party had 6.7 percent support, the Open Democratic Party six percent and the Justice Party 3.9 percent.
By age group, people in their 20s, 50s and 60s tended to support the PPP while those in their 30s and 40s still backed the MP. But the PPP saw a 4.4-percentage-point rise in the supporters in their 40s to 30.7 percent, while the MP suffered an 11.1-percent drop among voters in that age group to 36.7 percent.
The PPP seems to have benefited from its recent party convention, where Lee was elected to the leadership, as well as the news that former Prosecutor-General Yoon Suk-yeol will likely join it.
But another poll by the Korea Society Opinion Institute of 1,007 people last week showed the PPP's approval rating at 31.8 percent, slightly ahead of the MP's 31.7 percent. Asked about their opinion of Lee's election, 40.5 percent said they viewed it as a signal of generation change while 47.9 percent said they will wait and see if the conservative party can really change.
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