December 02, 2021 12:17
Presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol of the main opposition People Power Party has overtaken his ruling-party rival Lee Jae-myung in the opinion polls.
In a poll by Kantar Korea for the Chosun Ilbo of 1,013 voters nationwide early this week, Yoon scored 35.6 percent support compared to Lee's 29.3 percent.
A distant third was Sim Sang-jung of the minor progressive Justice Party (4.2 percent) followed by Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party (3.2 percent). But voters who liked none of the lackluster candidates made up 24.1 percent.
In a hypothetical race pitting only Yoon and Lee against each other for the opposition and ruling camps, Yoon would score 43 percent and Lee 35.7 percent, while 18.8 percent liked neither of them.
Asked if they have decided who to vote for, only 56.8 percent said yes. This suggests that more than four in every 10 voters are still undecided, so the election is still wide open.
But 49.7 percent support a transfer of power to the opposition, while only 34.8 percent want the ruling party to stay in power.
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