RealMeter, a pollster, said on February 6 that Moon Jae-in, former head of the opposition Minjoo Party, has solidified his lead over all other presidential hopefuls after Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary-General, announced he won't run for the election. According to the results of the survey held on 1,519 adult men and women between February 1 and 3, the popularity rating of Moon was 31.2 percent, up by 2.8 percentage points from the previous week, continuing the lead for five consecutive weeks.
In particular in the daily compilation on February 3, two days after Ban's call for quit, Moon's rating shot up to 33.8 percent, topping the previous high of 31.3 percent recorded on January 19.
The competition among runners-up has become fiercer than ever before. The rating of Ahn Hee-jung, current governor of South Chungcheong Province, has increased by 6.2 percentage points to 13.0 percent from the previous week, followed closely by Hwang Gyo-ahn, the Acting President and Prime Minister, whose rating rose by 5.8 percentage points to 12.4 percent.
RealMeter explained, "Ahn's popularity rating soared from a single-digit figure to 11-13 percent, while emerging as the No. 2 runner from the fifth place. Hwang also gained a lot as supporters of Ban shifted their allegiance to him."
As for People's Party head Ahn Cheol-soo, his rating rose by 2.4 percentage points to 10.9 percent. It has been two months since he regained a two-digit figure rating. Meanwhile, Seongnam City Mayor Lee Jae-myung lost 1.0 percentage point to 8.6 percent from the previous week while Bareun Party lawmaker Yoo Seung-min gaining by 2.5 percentage points to 4.9 percent.