Tuesday, 21 August 2012 22:36
Former President Bachelet maintains her lead despite advances by conservative alternatives.
The Center for Public Studies (CEP) presented its second National Study of Public Opinion of the year Tuesday, revealing a strong preference for a second term for former President Michelle Bachelet. The study also revealed an increased approval of the ruling administration of President Sebastián Piñera, as expected.
Bachelet retained her strong lead, with 50 percent of respondents wanting to see her return to the presidency, down only slightly from 51 percent in April. Support for Public Works Minister Laurence Golborne, increased slightly from 7 to 9 percent, strengthening his position as the conservative favorite. Support remains stagnant for the other conservative candidates such as Defense Minister Andrés Allamand and Economic Minister Pablo Longuiera, who polled at 4 and 2 percent, respectively.
Dep. Osvaldo Andrade, president of Bachelet’s Socialist Party, offered confident words after the release of the results.
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