As the presidential campaigns have officially kicked off, poll results reported that Minjoo Party candidate Moon Jae-in is widening its lead over People's Party nominee Ahn Cheol-soo by a large margin. It seems the sudden popularity of Ahn is waning. Ahn once led Moon in surveys in a hypothetical four-way race. Still, pollsters said the approval ratings of the two candidates are within the margin of error and there is no telling which one has a definite lead.
In a survey conducted on April 14 and 15 by Kantar Public commissioned by the Chosun Daily on 1,058 voters across the country, Moon gained 36.3 percent while Ahn stopped short of securing 31.0 percent of support. Even though the two candidates' approval ratings are within the margin of error, the order was reversed from the last week's results.
In a survey held by the same Kantar Public on April 7-8, Ahn beat Moon by 1.8 percentage points (37.5% vs. 35.7%). Within a week, Moon gained by 0.6 percentage point while Ahn lost 6.5 percentage points. The approval ratings for other candidates were 7.2 percent for Hong Joon-pyo, 2.7 percent for Shim Sang-jung, and 2.1 percent for Yoo Seung-min.
In another survey held on April 14-15 by the Korea Society Opinion Institute on 1,015 adult men and women, Moon led by more than 10 percentage points against Ahn (46.9% vs. 34.4%). In an April 15-16 poll taken by the Seoul Economic Daily and Korea Research, Moon again led Ahn by 7 percentage points (42.6% vs. 35.6%).