(2nd LD) A month before the election, Yoon and Lee neck and neck: polls


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SEOUL, 06 Feb. (Yonhap) — With the election a month away, Yoon Suk-yeol, the presidential candidate of the main opposition People Power Party, is still neck and neck with ruling Democratic Party candidate Lee Jae-myung. , two polls showed on Sunday.

According to a survey of 1,006 adults conducted last Thursday and Friday by the Korea Society Opinion Institute (KSOI), Yoon leads Lee with 37.2% support compared to 35.1%.

The difference between the two was 2.1 percentage points, which was within the margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

In third place was Ahn Cheol-soo, the presidential candidate of the minor opposition People’s Party, at 8.4%, followed by Sim Sang-jeung of the minor Progressive Justice Party at 2.2%.

Another survey of 1,076 adults, conducted last Thursday and Friday by Realmeter, showed Yoon leading Lee with 43.3% support to 41.8%.

The difference was 1.5 percentage points, which was within plus or minus 3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Ahn came in third with 7.5%, followed by Sim with 2.6%, according to the Realmeter survey.

Both polls were conducted after the four candidates held their first televised debates.

A separate survey of 1,015 adults, conducted by Realmeter from Thursday to Saturday, showed that 24.7% of respondents changed their support for the candidates after watching the televised debate.

By comparison, 68% said they did not change their support for the candidates after the televised debate.

When asked who had the best spread in the talk show, 40.4% chose Yoon and 37.8% chose Lee.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points at a 95% confidence level.

Two other polls, released by Southern Post and Embrain Public later in the day, also showed Lee and Yoon in a tight race.

The Southern Post poll, conducted last Friday and Saturday of 1,001 voters and commissioned by broadcaster CBS, put support for Yoon at 36.8% compared to 31.7% for Lee.

The 5.1% gap was within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. The survey has a confidence level of 95%.

In the Embrain Public poll, conducted last Friday and Saturday among 1,005 voters and commissioned by the daily JoongAng Ilbo, Lee had 38.1% support compared to Yoon’s 36.8%.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, with a confidence level of 95%.

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