Mexican leftist Lopez Obrador opens 20-point lead in presidential poll

Mexico City, MexicoUpdated: May 14, 2018, 06:23 PM IST

File photo of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Photograph:(Reuters)

Mexican leftist presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has maintained the leading position in the race to win the July election, opening a 20-point lead ahead of his nearest competitor, a poll by newspaper El Financiero showed on Monday.

Lopez Obrador, the former Mexico City mayor, is the first choice of 46 per cent of voters surveyed while his nearest rival, Ricardo Anaya, who heads a right-left coalition, has 26 per cent support.

The result marks slight growth for both Lopez Obrador and Anaya compared to a March survey by El Financiero, while it showed a 4-point decline for Jose Antonio Meade, the candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who comes in with just 20 per cent support.

The survey was conducted between April 26 and May 2 and based on 1,000 in-person interviews with voters, with a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.

The poll`s results stripped out the 38 per cent of respondents who said they were undecided in the five-candidate field.

In his third consecutive bid to win the presidency, Lopez Obrador, 64, has capitalized on widespread disenchantment with the PRI over political corruption, rising levels of violence and sluggish economic growth.

The survey showed independent candidate Margarita Zavala, wife of former President Felipe Calderon, at 5 per cent.

Meanwhile, support for the former governor of the state of Nuevo Leon, Jaime Rodriguez Calderon, another independent hopeful, stood at 3 percent.