Top Presidential Candidates Hampered by Family Shenanigans

  • By Joo Hyung-sik

    December 21, 2021 12:09

    Korea's lackluster presidential candidates are slipping in the ratings as the shenanigans of their families cast them in an even dimmer light to many voters.

    With around 80 days left before the presidential election, opinion polls vary widely which of the candidates is ahead.

    A Real Meter poll from Dec. 12-17 showed main opposition People Power Party presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol ahead with 44.4 percent while Minjoo Party candidate Lee Jae-myung trails him with 38 percent. That was down 0.8 percentage points for Yoon from last week, but Lee slipped even further with 1.7 percentage points. At the same time, both changes are well within the margin of error of such polls.

    But the alternatives do not appeal to voters either, with People Party candidate Ahn Cheol-soo a distant third with 3.9 percent followed by the Justice Party's Sim Sang-jung with 3.2 percent.

    Pollsters seem to have lost their footing in the muddle. A poll by the Korea Society Opinion Institute the same week shows Lee ahead with 40.3 percent and Yoon trailing with 37.4 percent. That was also down 0.3 percentage points for Lee from the week before and a substantial 4.6 percentage points for Yoon. Ahn came third with 4.6 percent and Sim fourth with 4.2 percent.

    Yoon seems to have been damaged by revelations that his wife, Kim Kun-hui, padded her resume, while Lee's rating fell due to revelations about his son's gambling habit.

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