By Yi Whan-woo
The gap between Moon Jae-in and An Hee-jung, the top two presidential contenders of the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), narrowed significantly in the latest poll released Monday.
A Realmeter survey on contenders for the DPK primary showed Moon, its former leader, with support of 40.1 percent against South Chungcheong Governor An Hee-jung’s 31.9 percent.
Moon’s rating dropped by five percentage points from the previous week while An’s rose by 5.9 percentage points.
Third-placed Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung gained support of 14.6 percent, up 2.6 percentage points from the previous week.
The survey was conducted on 1,014 adults nationwide from March 8 to 9. It had a 3.1 percent margin of error.
The survey showed 43.8 percent of the 1,014 respondents were willing to vote in the DPK’s primary, if given chance.
Of the 43.8 percent, 55.1 percent supported Moon while 22.4 percent supported An.
Meanwhile, acting President and Prime Minister Hwan Kyo-ahn posted a 58 percent approval rating for the top spot in a poll among ruling Liberty Party Korea’s (LPK) presidential hopefuls.
South Gyeongsang Governor Hong Joon-pyo won 11.6 percent support and former Gyeonggi Governor Kim Moon-soo gained 5.5 percent for second and third place, respectively.