9 out of 10 S. Koreans support court’s decision to oust President Park: poll

SEOUL-- Almost nine out of 10 South Koreans supported the constitutional court's decision to oust President Park Geun-hye, a local survey showed on Saturday.

The court's Friday ruling permanently removed Park from office. Park became the first South Korean leader to be ousted through impeachment.

According to the Realmeter poll, 86 percent of respondents said the court's ruling was right. Only 12 percent said it was not right, with 2 percent declining to reply.

Even in North Gyeongsang province, a traditional support base for Park and her party, 75 percent saw the court's ruling positively. Among those in their 60s or older, the key supporters for Park, 74.6 percent replied Park's ouster was right.

The result is based on a survey of 1,008 voters conducted Friday. It has 3.1 percentage points in margin of error.

A whopping 92 percent said people should accept the court's decision to uphold the impeachment motion. Those against the ruling took up just 6 percent of the total respondents.

Meanwhile, 69.4 percent replied that Park should be taken into custody and be investigated by prosecutors. Those in favor of investigation without detention were 17.8 percent, while just 9.6 percent was against any investigation.

Regardless of Park's arrest or not, almost 90 percent demanded prosecutors' investigation directly into Park.

Prosecutors have branded Park as an accomplice to her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil, who is now in custody for multiple charges including bribery.

Park will be subject to criminal prosecution and detention as she lost her immunities following the court's ruling to force her out of office.

Source: Philippines News Agency