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Ratings gap between two liberal candidates widen Updated: 2017-04-20 11:43:52 KST

Nearly a week has passed since the five main presidential candidates participated in their first televised debate and the latest polls show high support ratings for frontrunner Moon Jae-in, the former leader of the Democratic Party of Korea.
He's widened his lead over his opponent Ahn Cheol-soo, the co-founder of the minor opposition People's Party.
A poll by R&Search released Wednesday shows Moon with 46-percent support to Ahn's 31-percent.
That's a gap of nearly 15 percentage-points, up from a 5-percentage-point gap in the same poll last week.
Another poll by Realmeter shows Moon with just under 44-percent to Ahn's 32, an 11-and-a-half-point gap.
There was a noticeable boost for Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party, bringing him up into the double digits.
One of the main factors behind the boost in Moon's ratings is seen to be an increase in support from a number of traditionally anti-Moon lawmakers within the Democratic Party, who announced over the weekend that they'll join Moon's camp, in a show of unity behind the liberal candidate.
Meanwhile, the drop in support for Ahn has been attributed to the suspicions of embezzlement and tax evasion surrounding Ahn and his computer software company AhnLab.
In response to the allegations, AhnLab said it'll seek legal action against those spreading what it calls false rumors.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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