Poll shows left with big lead ahead of next year's elections in El Salvador

Voters in El Salvador are showing a strong preference for the leftist former rebel Farabundo Martí Liberation Front (FMLN) in next year's general elections, according to a poll by Utec, a private technological university.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


The poll shows the FMLN with 48.3 percent of the preferences, while the ruling Arena party rates 29.8 percent.

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With the presentation of their candidates for mayors and lawmakers, the political parties will start an "intense battle" this week in preparation for the general elections in 2009.

"What we are going to see this weekend, is the start of an intense battle to win over electors of which an average of 20% have still not yet decided who they will vote for," the director of the Public Opinion Institute at the Francisco Gavidia University, Mauricio Henriquez. For Henriquez, the major political parties make an effort to publicly present their candidates, since in surveys most of the population believes that lawmakers "do not work for the people."

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