Poll: Toledo support in capital region climbs to 34.2 percent

A recent poll in Peru’s capital, Lima, and the neighbouring port city of Callao has former President Alejandro Toledo with more than a 10 point lead over the next closest candidate for the April presidential election.

According to the poll, Toledo has 34.2 percent support, up from 24.7 percent in December and 18.9 percent in September.

Congresswoman Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, is in second position in the capital region with 22.8 percent support. Since September, Fujimori has maintained her support between 20.4-23.3 percent.

Lima’s former mayor, Luis Castañeda, saw the biggest drop in what is considered his base. Castañeda is in third place with 21 percent support, down from 28.1 percent in the December poll.

Former prime minister Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has 5.8 percent support, up from 1.9 percent in the previous poll, while Nationalist candidate Ollanta Humala, who narrowly lost the 2006 election to current President Alan Garica, has 5.2 percent support in Lima and Callao.

Garcia is barred from seeking a consecutive term.

The election is scheduled for April 10 and the new president will assume office on July 28. The winner must garner 50% plus one of the total votes cast, and thus a run-off is more than likely, in which the winner is the candidate with the most votes.

The IMA Marketing Studio poll of 600 people in Lima and Callao was taken on January 27-28 and has a margin of error of 4.0%.

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