Polls Place Sandinistas in the Lead

NSCAG News | on: Saturday, 16 April 2011

Presidential Candidate Daniel Ortega and Vice Presidential Candidate Omar Halleslevins

Presidential Candidate Daniel Ortega and Vice Presidential Candidate Omar Halleslevins

An early poll carried out in Nicaragua by the New Century polling consultants has placed the FSLN in the lead. The poll was carried out between April 8th and 10th in 750 towns and villages across the country and consisted of a simulated vote cast in secret by 3000 people in both urban and rural areas.

According to the pollsters, the FSLN took 47.7% of the vote, the PLI-MRS 17.6%, and the PLC-PC 8.5%, with two other parties taking 1.3%, and 0.8%. Just over 24% of votes were spoiled or left blank and the poll had a margin of error of 1.8%.

Nicaragua is due to hold elections in November. A previous poll in December 2010 gave Ortega 47.2% support, although a more recent poll by CID Gallup in January gave him 36%, still comfortably ahead of his nearest rival.



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