Runner-up presidential hopeful Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party further narrowed his gap with front-runner Moon Jae-in to only 3 percentage points in a hypothetical multiple-candidate race, a survey showed Friday.
In the weekly survey, conducted between Tuesday and Thursday by local pollster Gallup Korea, Ahn garnered a support rating of 35 percent, up 16 percentage points from a week earlier. Moon posted 38 percent, a gain of 7 percentage points.
This image, provided by Yonhap News TV, shows five presidential candidates (from L to R): Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party, Yoo Seong-min of the splinter Bareun Party, Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party, Moon Jae-in of the largest Democratic Party and Sim Sang-jeong of the far-left Justice Party. (Yonhap)
South Gyeongsang Province Gov. Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party came in third with 7 percent, followed by Rep. Yoo Seong-min of the splinter Bareun Party with 4 percent and Rep. Sim Sang-jeong of the far-left Justice Party with 3 percent.
The latest survey ranking the candidates for the May 9 presidential election was conducted on 1,005 eligible voters across the country. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Ahn has been quickly rising in various polls since all major parties completed their candidate nomination procedures this week.
The software mogul-turned politician is seen capable of further boosting his electoral chances based on his centrist campaign agenda that appeals to both liberals and conservatives. Moon's election pledges are largely seen drawing an ideological line against the right-wing bloc. (Yonhap)