As presidential candidate Ahn Cheol-soo of the People’s Party rises in approval ratings, a subtle change in the opposition’s airflow over unification is being detected.
The popularity of presidential candidate Yoon Seok-yeol, who was at the forefront of public opinion polls, has recently declined, and Ahn, who has surpassed the threshold of 10% in some polls, has grown his presence.
If the issue of unification between the two people rises in earnest, it is noteworthy whether it will act as a last-minute variable in the presidential election, as it can shake the table depending on the outcome.
In an interview with jtbc on the 1st, Candidate Ahn showed confidence, saying, “I am feeling the rise in approval ratings,” and said, “From the end of January to the beginning of February, around the Lunar New Year, I will make the ‘three-strong Troika system’.”
At one time, the People’s Power side, which had maintained a strong stance by ignoring the possibility of unification and publicly discussing Ahn’s ‘abandonment of the presidential election’, is operating a complex calculation with a deeply perplexed expression.
So far, the people’s power has argued that a change of government is possible only with Yoon’s percentage of votes. CEO Lee also took part in the so-called ‘clearing down on gangsters’.
However, in an interview with the media on the 31st of last month, People’s Power CEO Lee Jun-seok said, “There are some doubts about whether an easy victory can be achieved (in unification),” he said, making it difficult to predict the outcome.
General election chairman Kim Jong-in, who has devalued candidate Ahn and has effectively called for her to resign, said in an interview on the 31st of last month about the possibility of unification, “It remains to be seen.” will,” he said.
In an interview with MBN on the 2nd, CEO Lee again expressed a negative stance on the unification of Candidates Yoon and Ahn.
He said, “It is more important to regain support for 2030 than unification.” He criticized, “It was a situation where candidate Ahn was not needed a month ago. It is a nonsensical strategy to suddenly unite because you do not want to lose the election.”
Nevertheless, it is known that some members of the party continue to raise arguments about the need to unify the opposition in line with the trend of fluctuations in their approval ratings.
This reflects the internal concerns of the people that Ahn’s upward trend could continue. The card of the ‘death operation’ that Ahn would step down on his own due to low approval ratings is now insignificant.
A recent opinion poll is showing that Lee is ahead of Candidate Yoon outside the margin of error. It is expected. If Candidate Yoon’s downtrend continues, the pressure for unification from inside and outside the conservative camp may increase.
As if keeping the unification situation in mind, Candidate Yoon maintains the principle that “the mention of unification does not fit political morality”, and refrains from using words that provoke Candidate Ahn.
The People’s Power side maintains the official position that there is no need for unification.
“There is no internal discussion of unification. Recognizing unification is the path to defeat,” said an official of the People’s Power predecessor committee.
The People’s Party is also rejecting unification. However, there are also interpretations that, if the upward trend of approval ratings is solidified, there is an interpretation that it has gained confidence that it will be able to win, whether it is a stand-alone move or unification.
Candidate Ahn met with reporters after the National Assembly policy press conference on the same day and drew a line saying, “I am not thinking about unification. I have an idea,” he said.
Despite this atmosphere, experts generally predict that the two candidates who are calling for regime change will eventually negotiate unification.
Professor Shin Yul of Myongji University said in a phone call, “Both sides will be acutely aware of the need for unification.” “Even at the time of unification of ‘Roh Moo-Hyun-Jung Mong-Jun’ in 2002, it was unified just two weeks before the December 19 presidential election. Time itself is sufficient.” said.
Professor Shin added, “If voters vote in a stable manner, the third party has never had a chance at all.” “It is not easy to predict what will happen this time.”
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