Ruling Party, Top Presidential Candidate Decline in Ratings

  • By Kim Eun-joong

    October 19, 2021 11:00

    The ruling Minjoo Party and its top presidential candidate, Gyeonggi Province Governor Lee Jae-myung, both took a hit in the popularity stakes as a snowballing land development scandal engulfed him.

    The decline was particularly noticeable in South Jeolla Province, a traditional stronghold of the ruling party.

    In a YTN poll of 2,022 people across the country on Oct. 12-15, the MP's support rating fell 1.9 percentage points from the previous week to 29.5 percent. The main opposition People Power Party's rose 2.2 percentage points to 42.1 percent, its highest rating so far.

    Another 9.1 percent had no party preference.

    From left, Lee Jae-myung, Yoon Suk-yeol and Hong Joon-pyo

    The MP's support in South Jeolla Province plummeted 13.9 percentage points to 49.4 percent. It enjoyed 63.3 percent support there in early October, before Lee became its official presidential candidate, suggesting growing disillusionment supporters in the southwestern region.

    Other surveys also show Lee lagging behind the PPP's leading presidential hopefuls, Yoon Suk-yeol and Hong Joon-pyo, in any two-way race.

    A TBS poll of 1,003 people on Oct. 15 and 16 found that 35.4 percent back Lee in a two-way race but 37.1 percent support Yoon. Lee's support rating declined 0.4 percentage points from the previous week and Yoon's rose 3.9 percentage points.

    If Lee was pitted against Hong instead he would score 34.6 percent against 35.9 percent for Hong. Lee's support declined 0.6 percentage points and Hong's rose 2.9 percentage points.

    MP insiders blame growing public awareness that Lee is deeply implicated in the land development scandal that unfolded in Seongnam, south of Seoul when he was the mayor there. 

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