Exclusive: Mexico left-wing candidate's lead widens as rivals bicker - poll

From Reuters - March 6, 2018

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican left-wing presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador extended his lead to 14 points in an opinion poll completed last week, with a fight between his opponents over accusations of financial wrongdoing weighing on their support.

Lopez Obrador has 35 percent support ahead of the July 1 vote according to the survey by polling firm Parametria, published by Reuters on Wednesday ahead of wider publication.

That compared with 34 percent and an 11 percentage point lead in a survey by the same company a month earlier.

Lopez Obrador appeared to benefit from a tussle for second place between his opponents, who have spent the last couple of weeks accusing each other of corruption, with the former Mexico City mayor sitting comfortably above the fray.

The fight for second place is damaging them both, Parametria founder Francisco Abundis said. For citizens, these disputes are very tiring.

In the number two spot, Ricardo Anaya of left-right coalition For Mexico in Front, slipped to 21 percent support, from 23 percent in the previous poll.

Former finance minister and ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) hopeful Jose Antonio Meade slid for the second consecutive month, to 16 percent from 18 percent.

The poll was taken between Feb. 24 and March 1, as the mudslinging was intensifying.


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