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(12/09/07) -

Fern¡ndez Stays Ahead of Challengers in DR

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Incumbent Leonel Fernández is the most popular presidential candidate for voters in the Dominican Republic, according to a poll by Alfonso, Cabrera y Asociados. 40.1 per cent of respondents would support the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) member in next year’s election.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Incumbent Leonel Fernández is the most popular presidential candidate for voters in the Dominican Republic, according to a poll by Alfonso, Cabrera y Asociados. 40.1 per cent of respondents would support the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) member in next year’s election.

Miguel Vargas Maldonado of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD) is second with 30.5 per cent, followed by Amable Aristy Castro of the Social Christian Reformist Party (PRSC) with 17.2 per cent. Support is lower for Eduardo Estrella of The Fourth Way (LCV) and Pedro Candelier of the Popular Alliance Party (PAP).

In the May 2004 presidential election, Fernández received 57.11 per cent of the vote, defeating incumbent Hipólito Mejía of the PRD and Estrella of the PRSC. Fernández had previously served as the Dominican Republic’s head of state from 1996 to 2000.

On Dec. 4, Estrella criticized political parties who provide food or medicine for electoral gain, saying, "People should keep taking what is given to them, but vote for whoever they please. After all, those goods were purchased with the people’s money."

The next presidential election is scheduled for May 16, 2008.

Polling Data

Who would you vote for in the next presidential election?

Leonel Fernández (PLD)

40.1%

Miguel Vargas Maldonado (PRD)

30.5%

Amable Aristy Castro (PRSC)

17.2%

Eduardo Estrella (LCV)

1.5%

Pedro Candelier (PAP)

1.1%

Other

0.9%

No preference

9.4%

Source: Alfonso, Cabrera y Asociados
Methodology: Interviews with 2,000 Dominican adults, conducted from Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, 2007. Margin of error is 2.1 per cent.