Mar 1, 2012

Mexico Politics: Poll: Josefina trails Pena Ñieto by just 7 points

Terra Noticias- "The gap between Mexican presidential candidates Josefina Vasquez Mota of the ruling National Action Party (PAN) and current favorite Enrique Pena Ñieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) has shrunk considerably, according to a poll released Thursday.

The quarterly survey from GEA/ISA was published by the Mexican daily El Milenio and stated that 36% would vote for the PRI candidate while 29% would vote for Vasquez Mota of the PAN—a difference of 7 percentage points. This is the first time that the distance between Vasquez Mota and Pena Ñieto has been in single digits.

The previous quarterly poll, administered in November of 2011, revealed a difference of 25 percentage points between the two candidates, with 44% supporting Pena Ñieto and 19% supporting Vasquez Mota.

The poll shows Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution in third place with 17% of potential voters preferring his candidacy.

The study was carried out between February 17-19th by polling 1,000 people in their homes. The study has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
Mexicans will go to the polls on the 1st of July to choose a new president. The PAN has been the governing presidential party since 2000.

The PRI is trying to regain the presidency which it lost in 2000 after seven consecutive decades of executive rule.

“I am enthused by the result of the GEAISA poll where we’re only 7 points away from passing the leader,” wrote Vasquez Mota on her Twitter account.

Pena Ñeto has been leading in the polls for over a year." Spanish original 

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