October 25, 2021 12:00
All potential candidates for next year's presidential election suffer from low popularity of under 30 percent, compared to around 50 percent for the frontrunners in previous elections.
Lee Jae-myung, the official presidential candidate of the ruling Minjoo Party, has an approval rating of 32 percent but a disapproval rating of 60 percent after a snowballing land development scandal engulfed him.
But Hong Joon-pyo of the main opposition People Power Party also only has an approval rating of 31 percent and a disapproval rating of 59 percent. His rival PPP hopeful Yoon Suk-yeol, the former prosecutor-general, has an approval rating of 28 percent and a disapproval rating of 62 percent as his luster as a Robin Hood figure wore off due to a number of gaffes.
Sim Sang-jung of the minor Justice Party has an approval rating of 24 percent and disapproval rating of 62 percent, and perennial also-ran Ahn Cheol-soo, the candidate for the minor People's Party, has 19 percent approval but 72 percent disapproval.
Lee was mostly popular among men in their 30s with 50 percent, while Yoon was popular among 51 percent of women over 60 and Hong among 50 percent of men in their 20s.
The latest poll by Gallup Korea was conducted among 1,000 adults from Oct. 19 to 21.
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