Photo: Lee Jun-seok. Credit: People Power Party.
The young conservative, who rode a wave of young men’s toxic misogyny all the way to the People Power Party 국민의힘 leadership before being pushed out by the Yoon Suk-yeol 윤석열 faction, has been openly teasing plans to form a new right-wing party. In effect, Lee presented the PPP with an ultimatum: either the PPP brings Lee back into the leadership, or he will quit the party on December 27 and bring along at least 20 other defectors, qualifying the new party to receive public campaign finance support.
So far, Lee’s hypothetical new party has been polling well enough for a meaningful third party. A Gallup Korea poll from November 21 to 23 showed 38% of respondents having a favorable view of Lee’s new party. In a November 20-22 poll by NBS, 22% of respondents said they would be willing to support Lee’s new party.