Moon Jae-in, former head of the main opposition Minjoo Party, continuously maintains his unrivaled No. 1 position among presidential candidates in Korea but his approval rating failed to exceed the 30 percent.
According to a poll conducted with 2,046 voters aged over 19 in nationwide cities, 29.9 percent of the respondents most favored Moon as Korea's next President.
Yonhap News and KBS commissioned Korea Research to conduct the poll which was carried out during the period from March 11 to 12 after the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye was upheld by the Constitutional Court.
The approval rating is similar to the level of 29.8 percent seen in the previous survey conducted from February 5 to 6. According to another survey (from March 10 to 11) conducted by the Seoul Economic Daily through Hankook Research, Moon's approval rating fell to 28.0 percent from the previous survey's 30.7 percent.
In contrast, the approval ratings for other presidential candidates including Ahn Hee-jung, Governor of South Chungcheong Province, Lee Jae-myung, Mayor of Seongnam City, and Ahn Cheol-soo, former leader of the People's Party, gained slightly.