Poll Shows UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon Favor To Be Next President

kpride, Oct. 21, 2014, 8:41 a.m.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ranks first in a speculative opinion poll on who could be the next president, cruising ahead of Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon.  In the poll by Hangil Research on Monday, Ban scored 39.7 percent followed by Park with 13.5 percent. Next came Moon Jae-in of the New Politics Alliance for Democracy with 9.3 percent and Saenuri Party chief Kim Moo-sung with 4.9 percent.

In a similar poll in September, Ban also came first with 36.7 percent, followed by Park with 15.4 percent, Moon with 8.7 percent and Kim with 6.3 percent.  The variations are well within the margin of error.  The UN secretary-general's second five-year term ends in December 2016, but he has given no indication that he will run for president.

With Ban excluded from the latest poll, Park came first with 21.6 percent, followed by Moon with 13.8 percent and Kim with 10.1 percent. The one-time popular favorite, IT tycoon-turned-lawmaker Ahn Cheol-soo, ranked a poor fourth with 7.7 percent, trailed by Hyundai scion and ex-Saenuri chief Chung Mong-joon with 6.7 percent.  Last was Kim Moon-soo, a former Gyeonggi Province governor, with 5.4 percent.  The poll was conducted among 1,000 adults across the nation.

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