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Poll Finds Most South Koreans Support Ban on Capital Move

A new poll reveals that most South Koreans support a court decision blocking President Roh Moo-hyun's plan to move the country's capital from Seoul.

The survey, released by South Korea's state funded KBS broadcast network, shows that more than 60 percent of those polled support the Constitutional Court's ruling.

The court ruled Thursday that the government should hold a national referendum on whether to relocate the administrative capital.

Plans for the move were announced in August. They call for transferring the capital from Seoul to rural Yeongi and Gongju counties in central South Chungcheong province.

Mr. Roh says moving the capital would allow more balanced development in the country. An estimated 20 million - more than 40 percent of the population - people live in Seoul and the surrounding region.