Poll: Fujimori maintains lead for presidential race with 23 percent support

Lawmaker Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, continues to lead potential candidates for Peru’s presidential elections in 2011, according to a poll by Datum Internacional.

Fujimori has 23 percent support in the poll, while Luis Castañeda has 21 percent support. Castañeda resigned as Lima’s mayor on Monday to run in the presidential election.

However in a second round vote between Fujimori and Castañeda, the latter would win with 48 percent support compared to 34 percent for Fujimori, the poll showed.

In third place is former president Alejandro Toledo with 14 percent support. The head of Peru’s Nationalist Party, Ollanta Humala, is sitting in fourth position with 12 percent support.

Meanwhile, the poll also showed that President Alan Garcia’s approval rating has jumped five percentage points in September. The president’s approval rating is 39 percent, up from 34 percent in August.

The national poll of 1,420 people was conducted from September 18-27. It has a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

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