A recent poll showed on Jan. 6 that if the Presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo of the People Party becomes a unified Presidential candidate representing opposition parties, Ahn will lead the Democratic Party's Presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung outside the margin of error.
According to a survey of 1,003 people aged 18 or older nationwide on Jan. 4 to 5 at the request of Maeil Economy and MBN, candidate Ahn's approval rating topped the list with 41.6% in the three-way virtual competition among Lee Jae-myung, Ahn Cheol-soo and Sim Sang-jung of the Justice Party.
Candidate Lee's approval rating came next with 33.7%. The gap between the two candidates' approval ratings is 7.9 percentage points, which is outside the margin of error. Sim Sang-jung had an approval rating of 4.8%.
In the four-way competition without unification, including the Presidential candidate Yoon Suk-yeol of the People Power Party, Lee ranked first with 38.5%, followed by Yoon with 34.2%.
The gap between the two candidates is 4.3 percentage points. It was followed by Ahn with 12.2% and Sim with 3.3%.
Rnsearch analyzed, "Candidate Ahn is rapidly emerging thanks to a reflective profit or as a substitute for candidate Yoon, but securing self-sustainability is the key because it appears to be supported by those who backed Rep. Hong Joon-pyo and former Chairman Lee Nak-yeon of the Democratic Party."