SEOUL-- South Koreans picked Park Geun-hye's impeachment as president as the biggest issue of 2017, followed by the launch of the government of her successor, President Moon Jae-in, a survey showed Monday.

The Realmeter survey of 501 people showed that 47.6 percent of the respondents chose Park's ouster as the issue of the year. Friday's survey commissioned by local broadcaster CBS had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

The launch of the Moon Jae-in government was voted the No. 2 issue with 16.9 percent, followed by North Korea's nuclear test with 8.7 percent, China's retaliation over the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile system with 7.7 percent, and the earthquake in the southeastern city of Pohang and the subsequent postponement of the nationwide college entrance exam each with 7.3 percent.

"Former President Park's impeachment was found to be the No. 1 issue" regardless of region, age bracket, political party affiliation or ideological orientation, Realmeter said, adding that the Moon administration's launch was voted the No. 1 issue in most regions.

The North's nuclear test was picked as the No. 2 issue among conservatives and those residing in Park's home turf of Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, the survey showed.

Source: Yonhap News Agency