Lima, Apr 25 (EFE) .- The far-left candidate Pedro Castillo is 12.4 points ahead of the authoritarian right-wing Keiko Fujimori before the second round of the presidential elections in Peru on June 6, according to a new poll released this Sunday.
The survey, carried out by the Peruvian Market Studies and Public Opinion Company (CPI) and released by the private channel Panamericana Televisión, indicated that 35.5% of citizens would vote for Castillo and 23.1% for Fujimori.
Thus, both candidates are separated by 12.4 percentage points, a distance less than the 20 points of difference reported by the survey of the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) published this morning by the newspaper La República, which gave Castillo a 41, 5% support, almost twice as many votes as Fujimori (21.5%).
According to the CPI, six weeks before the ballot, 20.3% would leave their suffrage blank, or would annul it, while the undecided reach 17.7% and 3.4% would not go to vote.
CASTLE DOMINATES THE INTERIOR
The trade union teacher from Peru Libre obtains great support in the interior of the country, where he reaches 38.9% preference in urban areas and 61.5% in rural areas.
By region, Castillo also shows solid support, as it has 40.2% in the north, 41.2% in the south, 56.9% in the center and 36.7% in the eastern Amazon.
For its part, Fujimori receives 19.4% support in urban areas and 13.8% in rural areas.
The candidate for Fuerza Popular is supported by 23.2% in the north, 11.9% in the south, 12.1% in the center and 22.2% in the east.
Peruvians’ voting intention, however, was reversed in Lima and Callao, where Castillo obtained a 19.3% preference, twelve points less than Fujimori, who achieved 32% support.
The CPI poll also detailed that 85.1% of the supporters of the Fujimori candidate claim to be “very sure” of their vote, while 13.8% could modify it between now and the day of the ballot.
In Castillo’s case, 89.6% say they are convinced, compared to 10.1% that he could change his candidate.
Commenting on the survey, Omar Castro, general manager of the CPI, said in statements to Panamericana Televisión that support for the candidate for Peru Libre is “quite convinced,” although his rival could win votes from the undecided “with a strategy that today seems to be it is not being very adequate. ”
According to Castro, “it is clear” that the campaign “in one case is working and in another it is not.”
In this sense, the CPI manager defended that if Fujimori keeps his speech of “maintaining the system, the board is not going to move,” because “he needs something else to win another vote.”
“In Castillo’s case, he is running a campaign that is useful to him because he uses the vote of people who feel marginalized by the system,” he concluded.
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