An opinion poll on Korea’s next political leaders conducted by Gallup Korea suggested that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ranked first in overall approval rating on Friday.
Ban made the list of presidential candidates in the Gallup poll for the first time. Ban’s inclusion in the list affected more than anyone Ahn Cheol-soo, co-chairman of the People’s Party.
In the poll about voters’ preference for next political leaders conducted in 1,002 adults from Tuesday to Thursday, Ban garnered 26 percent in approval rating. He was followed by Moon Jae-in (16 percent), Ahn of the People’s Party (10 percent), Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon (6 percent), former Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon (4 percent), former ruling Saenuri Party floor leader Yoo Seung-min (3 percent), former executive advisor to the Minjoo Party Sohn Hak-kyu (3 percent), and former Saenuri chairman Kim Moo-sung (2 percent).
Moon saw his approval rating decline 2 percentage points from a month ago. Most other presidential candidates also saw their approval ratings decline from last month, but Ahn had his approval rating cut in half from 20 percent to 10 percent. Some 18 percent of People’s Party supporters supported Ban, while Ban (22 percent) enjoyed a higher approval rating than Ahn (17 percent) even in the Jeolla provinces.