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Lee Myung-bak Leads in Latest Presidential Race Poll

Posted October. 08, 2007 08:05,   


According to this newspaper’s 14th poll on the 2007 presidential election, the approval rating for former Seoul mayor and Grand National Party (GNP) candidate Lee Myung-bak stands at 53.3 percent. His popularity remained almost the same as it was in the 13th poll conducted last month (50.5 percent).

The former chairman of ruling Uri Party and current United New Democratic Party (UNDP) presidential hopeful Chung Dong-young scored a 10.5 percent approval rating, followed by 6.3 percent for another UNDP contender and former Gyeonggi Governor Sohn Hak-kyu, 5.5 percent for the independent candidate and former CEO of Yuhan-Kimberly Moon Kook-hyun, 3.7 percent for former prime minister Lee Hae-chan, another UNDP candidate, 3 percent for the Democratic Labor Party’s Kwon Young-gil, and 1.2 percent for Lee In-je of the Democratic Party.

In a recent survey of nationwide 1,000 prospective voters conducted by the Korea Research Center, a professional polling agency, and commissioned by this newspaper, noted that Lee Myung-bak will likely win the election against any rival.

A simulated race including Lee Myung-bak, Chung Dong-young, and Kwon Young-gil showed that approval ratings would be 60.2 percent versus 20.3 percent versus 10.1 percent, respectively. If the former Gyeonggi Governor Sohn is added, the figures will be 64 percent versus 16.7 percent versus 11.3 percent, respectively. If the former prime minister is added, the ratings will be 64 percent versus 12.6 percent versus 14 percent, respectively.

Out of the total respondents, 31.1 percent answered that the most unsatisfying factor of the recent inter-Korean summit is that the two leaders failed to reach an agreement on abandoning North Korea’s nuclear weapons, followed by 29.3 percent who said, “No promises for resolving issues regarding separate families and the abducted.” 23.8 percent of them pointed to economic cooperation agreements that will incur huge costs for the South.