No clear winner in 3 racesNo candidates are standing out as potential winners in either of the three legislative by-elections in Bundang, Gimhae and Suncheon as the intense multi-partisan competition is nearing the final phase before the April 27 elections, a JoongAng Ilbo survey showed yesterday. The ruling Grand National Party was leading only in the Gangwon gubernatorial race.
The survey was conducted between Thursday and Saturday by telephone. Seven hundred adults were surveyed each in Bundang and Gangwon while 600 were surveyed in Gimhae and Suncheon.
In the Bundang B District of Gyeonggi, Sohn Hak-kyu, chairman of the major opposition Democratic Party, was leading Kang Jae-sup, former GNP chairman by 43.8 percent to 35.4 percent in the poll.
The disparity was reduced to within the margin of error, to 46.5 percent and 44.5 percent, among the so-called “voting-certain class.” The class refers to those who voted in every previous presidential and legislative elections and have pledged to vote in the upcoming by-elections. The margin of error in the JoongAng Ilbo survey in the Bundang district was 3.7 percentage points.
In the Gimhae B District of Busan, Lee Bong-su, from the People’s Participation Party, gained 41.4 percent support, compared with the GNP’s Kim Tae-ho’s 37.1 percent. But, among the voting-certain class, the gap was lowered to 44.1 percent and 42.5 percent, within the margin of error of 4 percentage points.
In Suncheon, South Jeolla, the top three candidates were neck-and-neck. Kim Seon-dong of the Democratic Labor Party was at 15.8 percent, followed by independent Gu Hi-seung at 15.3 percent and independent Jo Seon-yong at 13.8 percent. The margin of error in the Suncheon survey was 4 percentage points. The GNP didn’t field a candidate in Suncheon.
In the Gangwon gubernatorial race, featuring a rivalry between two former MBC presidents, Ohm Ki-young, of the GNP, was a clear winner over the DP’s Choi Moon-soon by 48.5 percent to 28.5 percent. In the voting-certain class, Ohm was more ahead with 51.9 percent, compared with Choi’s 31.7 percent.
The GNP leadership is planning to put increasing support behind its campaigners, but in particular behind Kang in Bundang, with GNP Chairman Ahn Sang-soo to launch a supporting campaign in Seongnam city beginning tomorrow.
In the previous JoongAng Ilbo survey conducted on April 1-2, the DP’s Sohn was trailing Kang by 34.3 percent to 31.3 percent. The voting-certain class in the previous poll favored Kang over Sohn by 44.7 percent to 33.7 percent.
“We can be neither pessimistic nor optimistic. Any kind of situation, such as 3 to 0 [GNP versus other parties] and 0 to 3, could unfold,” GNP spokesman Ahn Hyung-hwan said. But, Ahn said things are not as bad as it was initially concerned they would be. “The candidates from other parties are not showing as strong a drive as expected, while our candidates are putting up a good fight,” he said.
Experts said two decisive factors in the Bundang election would be the campaigns appealing to undecided voters and the voting rates of those in their 20s, 30s and 40s.
The GNP is refusing to be complacent about the Gangwon seat, with Chairman Ahn calling Ohm’s lead “a slight lead in a neck-and-neck race.” The GNP is concerned over the anti-government public sentiment in Gangwon after a series of failures to win huge state projects.
By Shin Chang-woon, Moon Gwang-lip [email@example.com]
한글 관련 기사 [중앙일보]
4·27 재·보선 여론조사
분당을 강재섭 35.4 손학규 43.8
김해을 김태호 37.1 이봉수 41.4
강원지사 엄기영 48.5 최문순 28.5
국회의원 재·보궐선거가 27일 치러지는 분당을·김해을·순천에선 주요 후보 간 박빙의 접전이 펼쳐지고 있는 것으로 조사됐다. 강원지사 보궐선거에선 한나라당 후보가 오차범위 밖에서 앞서는 걸로 나타났다. 중앙일보 조사연구팀이 14~16일 실시한 여론조사 결과다.
분당을에서는 민주당 손학규 후보(43.8%)가 단순 지지율에서 한나라당 강재섭 후보(35.4%)보다 앞섰다. 그러나 ‘투표 확실층’에선 손 후보(46.5%)와 강 후보(44.5%)의 지지율 차이가 오차범위(±3.7%포인트) 내로 좁혀졌다. 김해을에 출마한 국민참여당 이봉수 후보의 지지율은 41.4%, 한나라당 김태호 후보 지지율은 37.1%였다. 투표 확실층의 지지율에선 이 후보(44.1%)와 김 후보(42.5%) 간 격차가 더 작았다.
강원도에서는 한나라당 엄기영 후보(48.5%)가 민주당 최문순 후보(28.5%)를 상당한 격차로 앞서는 걸로 조사됐다. 투표 확실층에서도 엄 후보(51.9%)가 최 후보(31.7%)를 20%포인트가량 앞섰다.
전화로 실시한 이번 조사의 표본은 분당을·강원의 경우 각각 성인 남녀 700명, 김해을·순천 경우엔 각각 성인 남녀 600명이다. 조사의 최대 허용 오차범위는 95% 신뢰 수준에서 ±3.7%포인트(분당을·강원)와 ±4.0%포인트(김해을·순천)다. 응답률은 7.0%(분당을)~18.9%(강원)다.
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