Ruling party chief Kim Moo-sung leads among presidential favors

The chief of the ruling Saenuri Party kept a slight lead over the main opposition party chief in a supposed two-way race for the next presidential election, a poll showed Thursday.

Forty-six percent of 1,000 respondents in the poll released by polling agency Realmeter said they would vote Rep. Kim Moon-sung, while 40.8 percent said they would back Moon Jae-in, chairman of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy.

It marks the first time that Kim beat Moon as the possible contender in the supposed two-way race in the 2017 presidential election.

The Oct. 12-13 poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

In previous polls, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been voted as the most favored among potential candidates, including Kim and Moon.

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