Monday, January 9, 2012
PRI and Peña Nieto may be unstoppable, latest presidential preference poll shows
Peña Nieto has 94% name recognition and a 78% approval rating says Parametría, a private Mexican polling company. When asked which party they would likely vote for, 49% of respondents selected PRI (Peña Nieto), 28% chose PAN (its nominee will be selected Feb. 5), and 23% picked PRD (Manuel Andres López Obrador), which is usually referred to as the "far left" option. The survey was conducted January 2-6.
In what will be dispiriting news for López Obrador, the poll showed that although he too has wide-spread name recognition -- 95% -- it's not the type a candidate wants: 45% of survey respondents viewed him negatively.
Among the three National Action Party (PAN) candidates competing to be party standard bearer, Santiago Creel enjoyed 77% name recognition, Josefina Vázquez Mota had 74% and Ernesto Cordero was far back in third place, with only 58% recognition. Cordero and Creel were viewed negatively by 35% and 33% of poll respondents, while Vázquez Mota was reviewed unfavorably by 21% of those surveyed.
True, much can happen between now and July 1, but it's little wonder that Peña Nieto was openly boasting of victory "by a wide margin" last week.
Formal campaign yet to begin, but candidates are already clobbering each other: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/01/news-clips-mexican-election-2012-notes.html.
Will Peña Nieto's flubs catch up with him?: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/squabble-over-candidates-literary-gaff.html.
PRI's "Great Hope": http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/pris-great-hope-enrique-pena-nieto.html.
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