Gallup poll confirms second round of Colombia’s elections likely

Posted on Apr 30 2014 - 7:48pm by Today News
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A poll released on Tuesday night revealed that Colombia’s presidency will most likely be decided in a second round of elections, local media reported Wednesday.

The Gallup Colombia survey revealed that incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos will win the first round of elections on May 25 with 32% of the vote.

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Regardless of Santos’ lead, the poll indicates that the Colombian presidency will more than likely be determined during a second round of elections.

Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, candidate for the Center Democratic Party of former President Alvaro Uribe, will allegedly come in second with 20.5%.

Marta Lucia Ramirez, the Conservative Party candidate, scored 11.2%, overtaking Enrique Peñalosa of the Green Alliance, who fell behind with 10.1%.

Clara Lopez of the Patriotic Union came in last with 7.1% of the vote.

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The poll is the third in a week to predict that the presidency will be decided during a second round of elections.

Polls on Sunday also showed that President Juan Manuel Santos maintains a comfortable lead, but that a second round is almost certain.

The Datexto poll for El Tiempo and Radio W shows Santos ahead with 28.3 % of the vote, Zuluaga with 16%, and Peñalosa with 15.7%.

In contrast to Datexo, the Ipsos poll conducted for the Media Alliance (consisting of Semana magazine, RNC Radio and TV, and La F.m), shows support for Santos falling from 28% to 23% over the same time period. Ipsos figures show Zuluaga to have 15% of the vote, while Peñalosa lags beind at 11%.

According to 1,200 people surveyed in Tuesday’s poll, health, unemployment and insecurity should be the primary concerns of the next Colombian president.


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