Half of Koreans Want New Gov't But Opposition Candidate Loses Appeal

  • By Kim Seung-jae

    December 30, 2021 12:43

    Almost half of all Koreans want to see a change in the country's leadership but the presidential candidate of the main opposition party has barely 30-percent support.

    An insider at the People Power Party said, "A significant number of people who want a new government remain undecided. We urgently need to do something to win their hearts and minds."

    A Munhwa Ilbo poll of 1,000 people this week found a mere 29.3-percent support for PPP candidate Yoon Suk-yeol and 37.4 percent for ruling Minjoo Party candidate Lee Jae-myung.

    The survey showed that 49.2 percent of voters want a new government and only 39.8 percent a president from the current ruling party.

    Other polls have shown the proportions the other way round, suggesting that pollsters are increasingly losing their grip in picking their "representative" voters.

    If the Munwha Ilbo poll is to be believed, minor candidates are benefiting from the muddle at the top, with Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party now polling seven percent and Justice Party candidate Sim Sang-jung 4.2 percent. But 13.2 percent of respondents said they do not support any candidate and six percent refused to answer.

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