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Survey shows
Ex-Gov. Sohn Hak-Kyu, Most Favorite Candidate
100 Opinion Leaders in Political Area Favor Dr. Sohn
Former Gov. Sohn Hak-Kyu of Gyeonggi Province in S. Korea

Ex-Gov. of Gyeonggi Province Sohn Hak-Kyu was found to be the most favorite candidate for the president in a survey of opinion leaders in the political area.

Local media Newsis reported on June 15, 2007 that Ex-Gov. Sohn was chosen as the most suitable candidate for president in the survey recently conducted by the Korea Society Opinion Institute (KSOI) on 100 opinion leaders.

They comprise 20 assistants to lawmakers, political journalists covering the National Assembly, 20 civic group officials, and 30 political scholars.

24.7 percent of the opinion leaders chose Ex-Gov. Sohn as the most desirable candidate for president.

Ex-Seoul Mayor Lee Myung-Bak trailed Sohn by getting support from 21.3 percent in the survey. Former chairwoman of the largest opposition Grand National Party (GNP), Kim Geun-Hye received 6.8 percent whereas former Chairman of the ruling Uri Party Kim Geun-Tae garnered 10.6 percent.

Kim, who had been one of the most likely presidential candidates of the ruling camp, recently renounced his candidacy, declaring that he would "sacrifice" himself the for victory of the ruling camp in the presidential election later this year. Kim's popularity rose sharply after his renunciation of the candidacy.

A KSOI official said that in last December's survey Lee received 26 percent whereas Sohn got a meager 16 percent. The survey was conducted in the same way as this one.

"Unlike last year when Ex-Gov. Sohn was a member of GNP, Sohn is now getting most attention from the opinion leaders as the most favorite presidential candidate in the non-GNP camp," the official was quoted by Newsis as saying.

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